OTTAWA, ON – On June 4th, Canadians across the country will join together in order to celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day. A celebration targeted towards people who have survived a cancer diagnosis, the day will also provide hope for those recently diagnosed as well as show support for the friends, family members and caregivers who have been a part of someone’s cancer journey.
“We have seen tremendous improvements in survivorship over the last five years,” said Jackie Manthorne, President & CEO of the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN). “It is estimated that there are well over 1 million cancer survivors in Canada, which is something that warrants celebration. We are hopeful that with ongoing efforts to improve early diagnosis and emerging treatments and therapies, this number will continue to grow in future years.”
To declare June as National Cancer Survivors Month in Ottawa, CCSN will receive an official proclamation from Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Wednesday, June 7th.
“The City of Ottawa is proud to show its support for those who have gone through and are going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson. “Recognizing those who have gone through a cancer experience can help provide others with hope and inspiration; something that may be difficult to find at times.”
Throughout National Cancer Survivors Month, CCSN encourages everyone to visit www.survivornet.ca to learn about certain challenges of cancer survivorship as well as to find resources that may lead to improving a cancer survivor’s quality of life.
About the Canadian Cancer Survivor Network
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network (CCSN) works to connect patients, survivors and other stakeholder groups with decision makers and the wider community to engage in discussion and to act on evidence-based best practices to alleviate the medical, emotional, financial and social costs of cancer. CCSN encourages and conducts research on ways to overcome barriers to optimal cancer care and follow-up for survivors in Canada.
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