National Cancer Survivors Day®
Celebrated Sunday, June 6
America’s 11 million cancer survivors will join survivors around the world in observing the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day® on Sunday, June 6. Hundreds of communities throughout North America will host events on this day to celebrate life and demonstrate that cancer survivors can lead active, productive lives. The contributions of the families, friends, researchers, and healthcare providers who support cancer survivors will also be recognized.
NCSD is expected to commence with greetings from John E. Niederhuber, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute. The activities will be as diversified as the towns and cities where the events are held and will include parades, carnivals, races, art exhibits, ball games, contests, dances, inspirational programs and more.
The primary mission of National Cancer Survivors Day® is to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors.
Having started in the United States, NCSD is now observed in countries as far away as Australia, Italy, Malaysia, and Saudi Arabia. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation supports hundreds of hospitals, support groups, and other cancer-related organizations that host National Cancer Survivors Day events in their communities, by providing free guidance, education and networking. Its primary mission is to educate the public on the issues of cancer survivorship in order to better the quality of life for cancer survivors. The Foundation defines a “survivor” as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.
“Cancer survivors may face many challenges such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives,” says Foundation spokesperson Paula Chadwell.
The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation, along with NCSD 2010 national sponsors Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coping® With Cancer magazine, and Lilly Oncology, is encouraging a greater commitment to resolving the issues of cancer survivorship. “More resources, research and survivor-friendly legislation is needed to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors,” says Chadwell. “The accomplishments of modern science are evident in the ever growing cancer survivor population. Addressing the poorly understood needs of these survivors is becoming a formidable challenge.”
To find out more about National Cancer Survivors Day, visit www.ncsd.org .
About the National Sponsors
The national sponsors for National Cancer Survivors Day 2010 are:
Coping® With Cancer, the magazine and website for people whose lives have been touched by cancer (copingmag.com/cwc), and the pharmaceutical companies Lilly Oncology (www.lillyoncology.com) and Bristol-Myers Squibb (www.bms.com).
More information on cancer and cancer survivorship:
National Cancer Survivors Day: www.ncsd.org
National Cancer Institute: www.cancer.gov
American Society of Clinical Oncology: www.cancer.net
American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts & Figures:
American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
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