(RxWiki News) Today, more than 12 million cancer survivors are living in the United States. And the outlook for surviving the dreaded disease has never been better.
The 24th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 5, 2011 celebrates life after cancer, something millions of Americans enjoy. Communities around the world hosted events that salute, celebrate and embrace survivors and those who have supported them all along the way.
"National Cancer Survivors Day celebrates life."
About 68% of people diagnosed with cancer today will live at least 5 years beyond their diagnosis, and this figure is expected to rise as research continues to find successful treatments for the disease.
The purpose of National Cancer Survivors Day is to give survivors the opportunity to connect with other survivors as they also recognize their healthcare teams, families and friends who have supported them during their cancer journey.
Cities and towns across the world hosted a number of events - ranging from parades, carnivals and races, to ball games, dances, inspiration programs and more.
National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation spokesperson, Paula Chadwell, says the celebration, which began in the United States, is now observed in countries spanning the globe.
A cancer survivor is anyone living with a history of cancer. They become a survivor from the minute they are diagnosed and remain one for the rest of their lives.
Surviving cancer isn't easy at any level. Challenges range from accessing and paying for treatment to the aftermath of body changes, psyhological struggles and possibly financial and employment problems. Despite these difficulties, says Chadwell, survivors can and do live happy, active and meaningful lives.
She adds that while science continues to find ways to successfully treat the disease, more must be done to understand and address the needs and challenges of a ever growing population of cancer survivors.
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Coping® With Cancer - the magazine for people whose lives have been touched by cancer and Lilly Oncology sponsored National Cancer Survivors Day 2011.