Celebrating Cancer Survivors

June 2, 2013 marked the 26th annual celebration of National Cancer Survivors Day – an opportunity to honor the courage of those who have fought cancer, to support those who have been diagnosed, and to encourage awareness for everybody. Today, there are 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States, and due to improvements in early detection, enhanced treatment, and supportive care, that number is expected to increase to 17.8 million survivors in 2022.

According to the official website, the goal of the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation is, in part, “to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors by educating the public on the issues of survivorship.” Through outreach, education, and numerous events that anybody can organize, National Cancer Survivors Day promotes a proactive and optimistic approach to battling cancer.

Visit the official website of National Cancer Survivors Day at www.ncsd.org to learn more about how you can get involved in future events.

In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day, and of those who continue to survive, check out these slides for some important statistics about common cases of cancer in the United States.

A special thanks to Jane M. Fall-Dickson, PhD, RN, AOCN, associate professor and assistant chair for research in the Department of Nursing of Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studiesfor her review of the content in these slides.

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