Why Do We Celebrate NCSD?

On National Cancer Survivors Day®, Sunday, June 2, people across the globe will come together to acknowledge cancer survivors, raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their disease, and – most importantly – celebrate life. 

As overall cancer mortality continues to decline, more people than ever are surviving cancer. And that’s something to celebrate. However, according to the recently released Cancer Statistics, 2024, not only is cancer incidence increasing, but cancer patients are also getting younger. This means that more cancer survivors now have a longer life expectancy in which to deal with all the difficulties that come along with cancer survivorship, including persistent physical, psychological, and financial struggles.

NCSD is a day to draw attention to these ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship, with the aim of promoting more resources, research, and legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life. It is also a day for everyone who is living with a history of cancer to connect with other cancer survivors, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. 

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