Friday, May 31, 2013
The American Cancer Society turned 100 years old this May. The society is using its 100th birthday to encourage people to join together, make noise and take action to finish the fight against cancer. As the Official Sponsor of Birthdays, The American Cancer Society will continue to make noise by amplifying its efforts to ensure lifesaving cancer research gets funded; by making sure people facing cancer have the help they need, such as a free place to stay during treatment or a ride to get there; and by fighting for equal access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, and clean air.
Today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving the disease (for at least five years). There are approximately 13.7 million Americans with a history of cancer alive in the U.S. Some of these individuals are cancer free, while others still have evidence of cancer and may be undergoing treatment.
More than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to cancer.
June 2 is National Cancer Survivors Day.
The American Cancer Society has three online resources where survivors and loved ones can connect with each other to share information and support: the American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network, Circle Of Sharing and WhatNext.
The American Cancer Society Cancer Survivors Network (csn.cancer.org) remains the only online community of its kind created by and for cancer survivors and their loved ones. More than 140,000 registered CSN members share their personal stories with others facing this disease.
Circle Of Sharing (cancer.org/CircleOfSharing) is a completely private site where patients and survivors share information only with family and friends. Circle Of Sharing stores each user’s health information on the Microsoft HealthVault personal medical records system.
Through a private, secure email inbox, users choose who to invite to their Circle and what they can see.
WhatNext (acs.WhatNext.com) is a social networking site developed with the participation of the American Cancer Society.
WhatNext instantly connects users with others who have the same diagnosis, who are facing similar health decisions, and who are wondering about potential treatment side effects.