National Cancer Survivors Day

National Cancer Survivors Day is a holiday that’s observed on the first Sunday in June. Although it’s a holiday that’s primarily observed in the U.S., it is beginning to be celebrated in other places of the world as well.

The purpose of this holiday is to show people that it is possible to have a normal life after a cancer diagnosis and to encourage survivors to share their journey of hope with people who have been newly diagnosed. Even though defeating cancer is no sure thing, new medical advances and treatments improve people’s chances of survival every single day.

The History Of National Cancer Survivors Day

This holiday was first announced by Merril Hastings at the second national conference meeting of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in Albuquerque, New Mexico on the 20th of November in 1987. And the first National Cancer Survivors Day was held on June 5, 1988.

Facts About Cancer

Below are some facts about cancer that might prove informative to anyone now learning about this holiday.

  • Approximately 10 million people die of cancer every year.
  • About a third of common cancers are preventable.
  • About 7 out of 10 cancer deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.
  • The economic cost of cancer around the world is estimated at over $1.16 trillion.

Observing National Cancer Survivors Day

This holiday is observed by hospitals and support groups, and individuals and communities all across the U.S. At these events, cancer survivors are honored and some of the events may include contests, testimonials, and even art exhibits. At these events, people can show their support. People can also spread the word about this holiday using the hashtag #CancerSurvivorsDay on social media.

When is it?
This year (2023)
June 4 Sunday
Next year (2024)
June 2 Sunday
Last year (2022)
June 5 Sunday
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