June 3rd: The Reason We Are Celebrating
If you have been following our blog, you probably read our oral cancer series back in April. As the sixth most common cancer, we feel it is our responsibility to help educate about this deadly disease. Our series highlighted the disease’s risk factors, diagnosis and treatment options along with a few of the terrifying statistics that accompany oral cancer. What we didn’t discuss are the real shining stars of oral cancer: the survivors. National Cancer Survivor Day was observed this past Sunday by celebrating life and the courageous people who have survived or are still battling the disease. It is a day where the communities of these survivors can understand the dynamic nature of cancer survivors and hear their stories. While surviving cancer seems like a daunting task, the survival rate of oral cancer, when caught in its early stages, is close to 80%1. The survival rate directly relies on the stage the cancer is diagnosed. The early stage survival rate is really quite impressive and serves as one reason people should visit their dentist for an oral screening annually. More encouraging is the importance placed on looking for better treatments for all types of cancer. Scientists are learning more about cancer every day and huge strides are being made towards reducing the negative side effects from treatment. Support groups are available for those in all stages of their cancer diagnosis. From newly diagnosed to remission, one can find a support group in nearly every part of the United States. The sense of unity throughout survivor support groups is second to none and a living example of the compassion that makes us great. Survivors of oral cancer can be inspiring with their words, kind in their actions, and solid in their strength and faith. For these reasons and more, we celebrate all of the cancer survivors in Arkansas and around the world! For more information about oral cancer, read April's oral cancer blog series starting on April 5th, 2012. "About National Cancer Survivors Day." About National Cancer Survivors Day. Web. 31 May 2012.