Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, accounting for 1 of every 4 deaths yearly. Chances are, you or your loved ones have been affected – either directly or indirectly – by this disease. Because cancer is so prevalent, on the first Sunday in June, communities nationwide and across the world will celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day, providing an opportunity for all those living with cancer or a history of cancer to connect with each other, support those who are currently dealing with cancer, and celebrate those who have helped them along in their journey.
America is home to more than 14 million cancer survivors. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation defines a survivor as anyone living with a history of cancer – starting with the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of their life. This day is not only meant to celebrate their successes, but to draw attention to the challenges of living – and surviving – with cancer. Promoting more research, resources, and legislation that helps cancer survivors have a better quality of life is also a goal.
Life after a cancer diagnosis can be scary, but events like National Cancer Survivors Day help to remind those who have been recently diagnosed that it’s possible to continue to have a rewarding, rich, and inspiring life. Friends, family members, medical professionals, survivors, and more will celebrate life on June 7th of this year.
It’s easy to organize or attend a National Cancer Survivors Day event. The nonprofit foundation that sponsors this day provides education, resources, themes, and more for those looking to host events in their towns. Visit their website to find an event near you or to organize one for your local community.
Meritage Medical Network is dedicated to doing all we can for the well-being of our members in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Getting screened regularly, catching cancer early, and developing a proactive treatment plan all help improve the survival rate for cancer patients. To speak with a doctor about what screenings you should be receiving, visit our homepage and use our “Find a doctor” feature to locate a physician near you.