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Celebrate Life on National Cancer Survivors Day


If conquering cancer isn’t cause for celebration, we here at AltaMed don’t know what is. This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Cancer Survivors Day, which aims to honor survivors, their families and friends, and the health care professionals who treat them.

On June 4, events around the world, will celebrate those who have survived, inspire the newly diagnosed, support families, and promote community outreach according to the “Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer,” there’s plenty to commemorate: the overall cancer death rate has continued to decline for men, women and children across all major races and ethnicities.

With more than 15.5 million cancer survivors in the U.S. alone, drawing attention to the challenges and difficulties they face is essential. Beyond the physical and emotional toll they experience both during and after treatment, there is also often a daunting financial burden. In addition to acknowledging their bravery, National Cancer Survivors Day hopes to improve their quality of life through more resources, continued research and survivor-friendly legislation.

As part of AltaMed’s mission to provide Quality Care Without Exception, we’d like to encourage everyone, not just cancer survivors, to honor this day by staying up to date on any necessary cancer screenings. This includes breast, cervical and colorectal tests, which are available at our clinics throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

These screenings are easier and less stressful to take than you may think. Plus, colorectal and cervical cancer tests and mammograms are covered by health insurance, and AltaMed offers free mammograms if they are not covered by health insurance. If you’re unsure of whether you’re due for a screening, don’t hesitate to reach out to your primary care physician.

For more information about National Cancer Survivors Day and to find events near you, visit www.ncsd.org.