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National Cancer Survivors Day is June 4

The phrase “you have cancer” may be just three words, but they are the words people fear the most.

Cancer is a life-changing experience. Surviving the disease means patients endured some combination of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery. Survival is inspirational and deserves to be celebrated.

National Cancer Survivors Day is Sunday, June 4. Annually held on the first Sunday in June, NCSD is a celebration of the millions of people who have survived cancer. The day also serves to inspire those who have been recently diagnosed.

“It is a day for everyone, whether you’re a cancer survivor, a family member, friend, or medical professional,” according to the NCSD website. “This day provides an opportunity for all people living with a history of cancer – including America’s more than 15.5 million cancer survivors – to connect with each other, celebrate milestones, and recognize those who have supported them along the way. It is also a day to draw attention to the ongoing challenges of cancer survivorship in order to promote more resources, research, and survivor-friendly legislation to improve cancer survivors’ quality of life.”

Thousands of NCSD events are scheduled across the country. To learn about events in your area, visit