National Cancer Survivors Day is June 7!

National Cancer Survivors Day

From the official National Cancer Survivors Day website press release:

This unique celebration will mark the 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®. Thousands of people in hundreds of communities across the globe will hold celebrations on this day to honor cancer survivors and to show the world that life after a cancer diagnosis can be fruitful, rewarding, and even inspiring.

Anyone living with a history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day® Foundation. In the United States alone, there are more than 14 million people living with a history of cancer. Major advances in cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment have resulted in longer survival, and therefore, a growing number of cancer survivors. However, a cancer diagnosis can leave a host of problems in its wake. Physical, financial, and emotional hardships often persist for years after diagnosis and treatment. Survivors may face many challenges, such as limited access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no health insurance, financial hardships, difficulty finding employment, psychosocial struggles, and a lack of understanding from family and friends.

In light of these difficulties, our community needs to focus on improving the quality of life for cancer survivors. “Despite the numerous challenges they face, cancer survivors live full, productive lives and serve as an inspiration to all of us,” says the press release. “It’s time for our community to stand with them and help find ways to lessen the burdens a cancer diagnosis brings.”

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June is National Migraine Awareness Month!

National Migraine Awareness Month

From ACHE, The Fred Sheftell MD Education Center:

June is National Migraine Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is help make Migraines visible!

There are a number of reasons to help make Migraines visible. Two of the most significant of those reasons are:
  • Ridding ourselves of the myths and misconceptions about Migraines and the resulting stigma. Studies have shown that the stigma associated with Migraines increases the burden of living with the disease
  • Making Migraines more visible could result in more research funding which, in turn, would result in more and better treatments.
Educating ourselves and others and building awareness about Migraines are the best methods we have of making Migraines visible, and this is an area where each individual can make a difference. This isn’t something we need or should sit back and leave to others or to the professionals. There are more than 37 million people in the United States who have Migraines. Can you imagine what we could accomplish if just 10% of us got serious about educating others and building awareness about Migraine? That would be 3.7 million of us, and just think what we could do!

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