June 6 is National Cancer Survivors Day in the United States this year. It’s an annual celebration of life for the more than 16.9 million cancer survivors across America.
Each year, celebrations of all sizes are held in communities across the nation and around the world on the first Sunday in June. Local towns, cities, hospitals and support groups usually host events like parades, carnivals, art exhibits, contests and testimonies to honor local cancer survivors.
It is a time to celebrate those who’ve survived, inspire those who’ve been recently diagnosed, support families who’ve been impacted, and reach out into the community to raise awareness. It is also a day to raise awareness about the ongoing challenges that cancer survivors face in order to promote more resources, research and survivor-friendly legislation to improve their quality of life.
Thanks to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and aftercare, more people than ever before are surviving the disease. While surviving cancer is certainly something to celebrate, it can leave behind its own set of unique challenges. Physical, emotional and financial hardships can continue for many years after treatment ends, including:
Aftercare can be one of the most challenging times for cancer survivors because they feel different than they did before cancer. They need to adjust to their “new normal” where they aren’t visiting a doctor’s office or hospital on a regular basis. They may feel anxious about their future and have physical limitations as a result of treatment. Here are some ways you can show support:
Pomona Valley Health Centers has a team of family medicine doctors ready to help you and your loved ones. We provide routine exams, prevention screening and treat a wide range of illnesses and injuries in infants, children, adolescents, adults and seniors. Call 909-378-9173 to schedule an appointment.
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