Cancer survivors, advocates, patients, and caregivers joined CCSN staff at City Hall today for the Mayor’s Proclamation. Mayor Jim Watson officially proclaimed the month of June to be National Cancer Survivors Month.
The official Proclamation states that a “cancer survivor is defined as anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of their life”. There are over 1 million cancer survivors in Canada right now, and Ottawa has an active and productive cancer survivor population.
As indicated by the Proclamation, there are hundreds of communities worldwide who will be celebrating life this month. In addition to this, during this National Cancer Survivors Month, we must strive to increase access to quality cancer care, screening, and prevention in our community.
This event also offered cancer survivors a chance to gather and share their stories, while also discussing matters of patient advocacy and public policy.
The Canadian Cancer Survivor Network is grateful to Mayor Jim Watson for his ongoing support of cancer survivors, and for his recognition of National Cancer Survivors Month this June.