With the millions of people living with cancer globally, almost everyone knows a relative, a friend, or an acquaintance whose life has been affected by cancer. In light of this truth, we celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) on the first Sunday of June every year. Sunday, June 6, 2021, marks the 34th annual NCSD celebrations. On this day, we come together to acknowledge cancer survivors and raise awareness of the various challenges associated with surviving cancer. Most importantly, we will join everyone who has been touched by cancer in celebrating life!
A ‘survivor’ is any person living with a history of cancer – all the way from diagnosis through the remaining parts of life. NCSD offers survivors an opportunity to reflect on their unique journeys with the disease. As most of us probably reckon, survivorship is a real test of resilience. NCSD is a day to celebrate the strength of survivors while giving them a platform to share their experiences and advise others.
Being diagnosed with cancer can be utterly terrifying. To a majority of people, a diagnosis of cancer is synonymous with getting a death sentence. However, celebrating NCSD is a reminder that there is hope. Statistics show that cancer survivors today live longer, better quality lives than was the case before. New medicines and treatment modalities are being developed constantly. Moreover, more research, resources, and legislation are being put in place to improve survivors’ quality of life.
NCSD gives survivors and those who support them a special day to show the world that one can have a good life after being diagnosed with cancer. It is a day to inspire the newly diagnosed individuals and a reminder that life after cancer can still be inspiring, rewarding, and fulfilling. NSCD is also a call to action not just for patients and survivors, but for everyone to adopt healthy living. Experts also recommend routine wellness checks to enable early diagnosis and prompt treatment. It is only through concerted efforts to prevent cancer that we can reduce its prevalence in our society.