This Sunday, June 7 is National Cancer Survivors Day. A day celebrated across the globe to honor cancer survivors, it’s a time to celebrate milestones in their treatment and to raise awareness of their courageous fight against the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States. More than 1.8 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed this year and about 606,520 Americans are expected to die of the disease. Some of the most common cancer sites in the body include the lung, colon, breast, pancreas and prostate. But the good news is the number of cancer deaths are declining, thanks to screenings, early diagnoses and advances in treatment.
With social distancing still highly recommended during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may not find the social events, fairs, group lunches and picnics that often take place to celebrate Cancer Survivors Day. However, Carroll Hospital is encouraging everyone to take the time to celebrate the many milestones achieved and the successes of cancer survivors in our community.
Those in survivorship also can find strength and inspiration from others by sharing your personal stories, advice and encouraging words online through various online community sites such as the American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network®
If you are in survivorship, this day is for you. Treat it as such and know that you have the Carroll Hospital community behind you throughout your cancer journey and beyond.