Cancer Survivorship Issues
From family members to close friends, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. In America alone, there are nearly 14 million people living with a history of cancer. More people than ever before are surviving the disease as a result of advances in prevention, early detection, treatment, and follow-up care.
However, surviving cancer can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, emotional, and financial hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Cancer survivors are also at greater risk for developing second cancers and other health conditions.
Survivors may face many challenges, such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, denial of health and life insurance coverage, difficulty finding jobs, and financial hardships that persist long after the initial diagnosis and treatment. Add to that emotional struggles, strains on personal relationships, and the profound fear of cancer recurrence. The effects of cancer don’t simply end when treatment does.
More resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation are needed to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors – during and after treatment. The National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation encourages a greater commitment to resolving the issues of cancer survivorship through public education and awareness.
We want to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful, productive, and even inspiring. That’s something to celebrate! We hope you will join us in celebrating National Cancer Survivors Day and show your support for cancer survivors, their families, friends, and healthcare providers.