Celebrate Life! Cancer Survivors Embrace Life

ThinkstockPhotos-152958002The first Sunday in June is a very special and inspiring day for thousands of people who are living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life.

National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual “Celebration of Life” held every year in hundreds of communities around the world. It’s a celebration for those who survived cancer, their family members, friends or anyone else who has been tied to a cancer survivor. The day provides a way to connect with each other, celebrate milestones and recognize those who have supported cancer survivors throughout their journey. It’s also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship – lack of resources, research and overall support to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.

The stereotype is that a cancer diagnosis means life is over but that’s not the case for thousands of survivors. Survivors use National Cancer Survivors Day to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be rewarding and inspiring. Thanks to advances in cancer prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care, more people than ever are surviving cancer.

As part of University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute’s Survivorship Program, Women’s Center providers, patients and their caregivers are educated about the short and long-term effects of cancer treatment, evidence-based interventions to address these effects, surveillance and prevention strategies and cancer rehabilitation approaches with the overall goal of patients living a fulfilling life.

For more information on cancer survivorship and support groups offered by UC Health, visit uchealth.com/cancer.

What can you do to celebrate National Cancer Survivor’s Day?

Join the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3. CPS-3 is a study conducted by the American Cancer Society for individuals who have not been previously diagnosed with cancer. It aims to better understand how lifestyle factors impact cancer risk. Though it is a 20-year study, commitment is minimal. Participants are only asked to complete an initial exam and fill out questionnaires every two to three years. Learn more: cancer.org

Commit to keeping an open dialogue with your primary care provider. After completing cancer treatment, many patients are reluctant to continue talking about cancer with their primary care providers or internal medicine physicians. However, studies have shown that cancer survivors are at greater risk for developing secondary diseases. It’s vital to continue having open communication with your physicians. The Women’s Center is here to help connect the dots and transition patients forward from cancer, with the best care and attention possible.

Learn more about National Cancer Survivor’s Day by visiting ncsd.org.

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