Baptist Hosts Annual Celebration of Life During Cancer Survivors Day

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Join Baptist Cancer Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 1 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at The Belhaven located at 1200 North State Street.  This free event honors the lives of those surviving and battling cancer. This year’s guest speaker is cancer survivor Cynthia Stuart. Please register by calling the Baptist Health Line at 601.948.6262 or 800.948.6262.

To kick-off the event, it is a tradition each year for survivors to stick their hand in easy to wash off paint making an imprint on the survivors’ banner and is one of the highlights of the day.

“Baptist treats more cancer patients than any hospital in Mississippi, and, actually, for over 60 years, we’ve been treating cancer. That’s longer than any other Mississippi hospital,” added Baptist Spokesman Robby Channell. “

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National Cancer Survivors Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of life held in hundreds of communities on the first Sunday in June every year. Participants unite in a symbolic event to show that a cancer diagnosis can be meaningful and productive. A cancer survivor is defined by the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation as anyone living with a history of cancer.  This includes newly diagnosed survivors as well as long-term survivors. 

Recent published statistics from the American Cancer Society in January 2014, stated approximately 585,720 Americans are expected to die of cancer, almost 1,600 people per day. Here is the good news. Cancer death rates in the US continue to decrease. The 5-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2003 and 2009 is 68 percent, up from 49 percent in 1975-1977. The improvement in survival reflects both progress in diagnosing certain cancers at an earlier stage and improvements in treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, the improvement in survival reflects both progress in diagnosing certain cancer at an earlier stage and improvements in treatment. ACS estimates the number of new cancer cases in Mississippi for 2014 is 15,740.

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