Cancer Survivors' Day

Cancer Survivors’ Day: A Celebration of Hope

Cancer Survivors’ Day is celebrated on the first Sunday in June, providing an opportunity for those who have survived cancer to let others know that life after cancer is possible. Through sharing stories and journeys, cancer survivors can inspire others who have been diagnosed, while raising awareness of cancer and much needed funds. There are ways for everyone to get involved in what is a great way to celebrate with fellow survivors, friends and family.


About Cancer Survivor’s Day

This year’s Cancer Survivors’ Day takes place on Sunday (5th June). Whilst it has been predominantly a US-based event in the past, it has now developed into a global celebration. Now in its 29th year, Cancer Survivors’ Day is a time for cancer survivors to come together to celebrate life after cancer, as well as raise awareness of all types of cancer and encourage fundraising.

Has cancer affected you or someone you know? You can take part by organising an event at work, school or within your local community or by sharing messages across social media.


Cancer in the UK

According to recent statistics, there were 352, 197 new cancer cases in 2013 alone, whilst the overall survival rate for 10 years or more is just 50% of people. Of these cases, approximately 42% were preventable. Cancer research in the UK is improving all the time, increasing the number of survivors. However, it’s important that research continues in order to make further advances in cancer treatment and improve survival rates even further. Indeed, thanks to research and advancements in treatment, cancer survival rates have doubled over the last 40 years, and more and more is being done to raise awareness of cancer causes, especially those that are preventable.

The most common cancers in the UK include breast, lung, ovarian, prostate and skin cancer. Recently, scientists have discovered the different genetic mutations which can lead to breast cancer, which could have a significant impact on future treatment. With a wide range of awareness events taking place across the year for ovarian, bowel, lung and other cancers, as well as a World Cancer Day, there’s no doubt that cancer should remain at the forefront of our minds. Cancer Survivors Day serves as a timely reminder of the importance of raising money and awareness, as well as looking after our own wellbeing through doing what we can to prevent cancer.


What you can do

There are many ways in which you can familiarise yourself with the signs of different types of cancers, as well as improve your lifestyle to lower your risk of developing cancer in the future, including:

  • Quitting smoking. As one of the major preventable causes of lung cancer, quitting smoking is one of the simplest ways to lower your risk, and quitting now immediately reduces your chances of developing lung cancer. This article from our blog has some great tips for helping you quit smoking.
  • Protecting your skin from sun damage. With summer almost here, many of us will be spending more and more of our time outdoors, exposing us to skin damage which could lead to skin cancer. Being sun-savvy and doing regular checks for abnormalities can help to reduce your risk, whilst this recent blog post also features some sun protection tips.
  • Become a bone marrow donor. There is always a demand for bone marrow, and you can volunteer to be a donor and help others to become one of the survivors able to celebrate Cancer Survivors’ Day. We have information on how to become a donor here.
  • Don’t fall behind on checks and screenings. There are many different types of cancer screenings available to help detect early signs of different cancers, and it’s important that you stay up to date with these. Cervical Screening Awareness Week is taking place between the 12th and 19th of June, which is a good opportunity to make sure you’re up to date with your checks.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle. By eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, you can help to reduce your risk of developing cancers caused by obesity.

Whilst cancer is a serious subject, there is also much to celebrate through Cancer Survivors’ Day and all of the ongoing developments in cancer research. For more information about cancer, its symptoms and treatment, there are numerous resources available through the NHS portal. Celebrate hope on the 5th of June to help enable even more people to survive cancer.