National Cancer Survivors Day celebrates life

The National Cancer Institute is celebrating its 32nd annual National Cancer Survivors Day on June 2nd.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Communities around the world celebrate National Cancer Survivors Day every year on the first Saturday in June.

Hundreds of cities across the U.S. held celebrations, fun-runs, and events, to raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face.

The day also gives everyone who is living with a history of cancer an opportunity to connect with other cancer survivors, celebrate milestones and recognize those who have supported them along the way.

Events also help promote more resources, research and legislation to improve cancer survivors' quality of life.

Acting Director of the National Cancer Institute, Dr. Douglas R. Lowy, said there is still more work to be done.

"The progress we are seeing is tremendous and encouraging," said Lowy. "Yet, I am keenly aware of how much remains to be done. We have made significant advances against some cancers, but it can be extremely discouraging for those patients who have not benefited from our advances."

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