On Sunday, June 6, the American Cancer Society will join millions of Americans in honoring cancer survivors as part of the 23rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day, organized by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation. There are more than 11 million cancer survivors living in the United States, and it is estimated that by 2020 there will be some 20 million people living with a history of cancer.
The Society offers many programs that meet the immediate challenges most cancer patients face including Road to Recovery, which provides transportation to and from treatment; Reach to Recovery, which pairs newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with trained survivors who help them cope; and Look Good…Feel Better, which teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to manage the cosmetic side-effects of some treatments. Anyone can access these programs and services by calling 1-800-227-2345 or logging on to cancer.org.
For online support and information, the Society provides I Can Cope, a self-paced, online educational class for patients and families at cancer.org/onlineclasses, and Cancer Survivors Network, an online peer support community of survivors and caregivers, at csn.cancer.org. The Society also publishes several books that highlight the importance of survivorship and help people through cancer.
For more information about what the American Cancer Society is doing to help cancer patients get well and stay well, visit cancer.org/survivors or call 1-800-227-2345.