National Cancer Survivors Day

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

The purpose of this holiday is to show people that it is possible to live a normal life after a cancer diagnosis and to encourage survivors to share their journey of hope with those who have been newly diagnosed. Even though defeating cancer is not a sure thing, new medical advances and treatments are improving people’s chances of survival every day.

The History of National Cancer Survivors Day

This holiday was first announced by Merrill Hastings at the second national conference meeting of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on November 20, 1987. 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 to be over $1.16 trillion.

Observing National Cancer Survivors Day

This holiday is observed by hospitals, support groups, 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 (2024)
June 2 Sunday
Next year (2025)
June 1 Sunday
Last year (2023)
June 4 Sunday
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