On Sunday, June 3rd, cancer survivors and supporters come together to celebrate life and raise awareness on National Cancer Survivors Day.
The purpose of National Cancer Survivors Day is for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional, to provide an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way.
All About National Cancer Survivors Day
National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) is an annual, worldwide “Celebration of Life” which is always held on the first Sunday in June. Hundreds of cities around the world take part in this special day by holding celebrations to recognize cancer survivors, to bring attention to the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face, and to celebrate life.
NCSD offers an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer, which includes the over 15.5 million cancer survivors across America, to connect with each other.
It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.
Who Is A Cancer Survivor?
According to the official NCSD website, a cancer survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.
- If you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer – you’re a survivor.
- If you’ve been in remission for 20 years – you’re a survivor.
- If you’re an adult who had cancer as a child – you’re a survivor.
- If you’re living with cancer as a chronic disease – you’re a survivor.
- If you’re currently in active treatment for cancer – you’re a survivor.
- If you’ve beaten cancer and been declared cancer-free – you’re a survivor.
Whether you’re in treatment, just diagnosed, or have been in remission for 20+ years, you’re a cancer survivor!
On National Cancer Survivors Day, it doesn’t matter if you’re a cancer survivor, caregiver, friend, or medical professional: this time provides an opportunity for all of us to celebrate another day and another year.
NCSD not only seeks to honor the survivors, but it is a day to honor their families and friends who’ve stuck along their side through their battle. Though they may not have physically done the fighting, caregivers are there to provide support to their loved ones every step of the way. Watching a loved one fight such a rigorous battle as cancer is difficult, but their strength provided by the caregiver is exactly what the cancer survivor needs to get through their fight.
NCSD recognizes the importance of the families and friends of those who have lost a loved one to cancer, as well those who have someone currently fighting their own battle.
Bringing Social Media Attention To National Cancer Survivors Day
Life after cancer is about more than just counting years. It’s about making those years count. Working together to lessen the burden of cancer survivorship by posting on social media to get the word out.
Using the hashtag #CelebrateLife to raise awareness on National Cancer Survivors Day, June 3 as well as the hashtag: #NCSD2018
You can also follow NCSD.org on Facebook & Twitter for more information on NCSD
#cancersurvivor #beatcancer #fightcancer #nationalcancersurvivorday2018
According to Cancer.org, 64% of all survivors were diagnosed more than five years ago. However, 15% of survivors have been fighting on and off for over 20 years. And believe it or not, nearly half of all survivors are 70 years or older!
These statistics are inspiring; and what National Cancer Survivors Day seeks to celebrate and promote.
Regardless of how long the fight has been, all survivors are fighters and deserve to be honored!
~ June 3rd Is National Cancer Survivor Day ~