Today in June is National Cancer Survivors Day. This day is a celebration for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for families, and an outreach to the community.
Chances are you know someone with cancer. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 12.7 million people around the world find out each year that they have cancer. Even further, 7.6 million people each year die from cancer.
Today on June 7th, thousands of people from around the world will gather in their local communities to observe this day. Hundreds of cities from across the United States and abroad will have celebrations to honor cancer survivors, to bring attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship, and to show the world that a life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and inspiring.
The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation encourages everyone to participate in their community's event today. To find one nearest you, check with your local cancer treatment center, hospital, or American Cancer Society office.
Also take time today to learn about ways to lower your cancer risk. Some strategies and habits from prevention.com suggest:
- Filter your tap water
- Marinate meat first
- Snack on Brazil nuts
- Eat clean foods
- Do a folic acid check
- Up your calcium intake
- Commit to whole grains
It's important to get regular checkups as well, so your doctor can potentially catch anything suspicious sooner rather than later. Use CareSync to schedule appointments, track your progress each day, and manage your personal health.