Sunday, June 7th is National Cancer Survivors Day

Posted on June 3, 2015 10:04 am CDT

This Sunday, June 7th, is National Cancer Survivors Day. This is the 28th year that hundreds of cities across the U.S. will hold celebrations to honor cancer survivors, bring attention to the challenges of cancer survivorship and to remind people that a productive and happy life after cancer is possible. It is a day that hopefully brings awareness to the public about the importance of getting regular check-ups from a physician, monitoring one's body, watching for warning signs and the importance of getting early diagnosis. This day of celebration is a time for fellow cancer survivors to band together and connect with other survivors. It's also a time to acknowledge family members, friends, healthcare professionals and caregivers who have supported the cancer survivor along the journey. A survivor is anyone who has had a history of cancer from the time they are diagnosed until the remainder of their life. In recent years, thanks to break-throughs in medicine and medical treatments, cancer is no longer necessarily the death sentence that it seemed to be several decades ago. According to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation spokesman, in 1987, the 5-year cancer survival rate was just 56 percent... today the 5-year survival rate is approximately 68 percent. Because of these medical breakthroughs and because of more proactive cancer awareness, there are more people living longer and better quality lives after cancer than ever before. There are approximately 14.5 million cancer survivors currently alive in the United States. Once active treatment ends, survivors still must know how to handle physical side effects, psychological, social, and emotional concerns and financial hardships. The National Cancer Survivors Day is a call to action for more resources, research and increased public awareness of cancer and cancer survivorship. Medicine Store Pharmacy is a proud supporter of the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life, which remembers those who have lost their battle to cancer but also celebrates those who have survived their cancer diagnosis.

To find a National Cancer Survivors Day celebration nearest you, contact your local American Cancer Society office, local cancer treatment center or send an email to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation at info@ncsd.org.

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