National Cancer Survivors Day

The month of June begins with National Cancer Survivors Day. We should all celebrate and not just for a day. There are nearly 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. Everyone reading this right now probably knows at least one person who has had a cancer diagnosis. Hopefully the person you know is one of the survivors we're celebrating.

This is a hopeful time. New cancer case rates are decreasing with the help of research identifying causes and people implementing lifestyle changes. Cancer survivor rates are increasing with the help of screening tests that detect cancers early and treatment regimens that target the particular cancer found. Still, about half the cancer deaths could be prevented if we all do what we know works: avoid tobacco, maintain a healthy weight by eating right and exercising regularly, and get recommended cancer screenings. We can increase the survivor rate even more!

United Clinical Laboratories performs many tests related to cancer diagnosis and treatment. We see the good results - and the bad. We understand the impact of our results on patients' lives. We have co-workers who are also survivors and co-workers that did not survive. To help our own staff United Clinical Laboratories has implemented a wellness program that was described last month and also has supported the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for many years. The American Cancer Society is the largest private, not-for-profit funder of cancer research in the United States and has had a hand in nearly every major cancer research breakthrough in recent history. Relay for Life is their largest fundraiser. June is also Dubuque's Relay for Life month. Research = Cure. We're looking for the day when a cancer diagnosis is no worse than catching a cold. Let it be in our lifetimes!