Upstate News

May 27, 2002
Kathleen Paice 315 464-4839

More than 550 cancer survivors attend National Cancer Survivors Day

More than 550 cancer survivors and their families are expected to attend the National Cancer Survivors Day celebration at the Holiday Inn, Liverpool, Electronics Parkway, Sunday June 2. The event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature a buffet lunch and entertainment by the Trinidad and Tobago Steelband.

The event, sponsored by SUNY Upstate Medical University, will feature remarks from various physicians and others who will speak to daily breakthroughs being made toward a cancer cure.

National Cancer Survivors Day (NCSD) honors survivors who are living with and beyond cancer, and also recognizes those professionals who are helping to fight the battle against cancer. NCSD is an annual, nationwide celebration of life which is held in over 700 communities. Events are held around the nation to honor the 8.9 million Americans who are surviving cancer, to spread the message that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality.

Cancer is not the dreaded disease that it was years ago. Mortality rates for most major cancers are declining, and today, more people survive cancer than ever before. In fact, 8.4 million Americans – nearly one in 30 – are living with a history of cancer.

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