June 2, 2019, was National Cancer Survivor Day; on that day and every day, the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute honors your determination and courage as we strive to help more people survive, and thrive before, during, and beyond cancer.
Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by the uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Although the causes of cancer are not completely understood, numerous factors are known to increase the disease’s occurrence, including many that are modifiable like, tobacco use and excess body weight. As well as those that are not like, inherited genetic mutations and immune conditions.
With more than 15.5 million people living with and in recovery of cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide, everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by cancer. As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow, it is important to address the unique needs of this community of people. In addition to facing a serious illness, cancer survivors must contend with rapidly rising drug costs, inadequate insurance coverage, difficulty finding or keeping employment, and ongoing physical, psychological, and financial struggles that persist even after treatment ends.
This is an especially hopeful time in cancer research, given upward trends in survival rates, declining cancer death rates, increasing industry investment, and promising new drugs emerging at a staggering pace. The progress we are seeing is tremendous and encouraging, yet, we are aware of how much remains to be done. Join the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute in celebrating all cancer survivors; their journey, their support, and their lives!