Baptist Cancer Services Hosts Annual Cancer Survivors Day

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Baptist Cancer Services joined organizations across the country for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday on June 4, 2017. The free event honored the lives of those surviving and battling cancer.

This year’s guest speakers were a cancer survivor and spouse discussing diagnosis and treatments from both the patient and caregiver's perspective. Bryce Callie Lott, a high school senior from Senatobia, Miss., sang for the attendees.

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 70 years, we’ve been treating cancer. That’s longer than any other Mississippi hospital,” added Baptist Cancer Services Administrator Director Deniece Ponder.

One of the survivors, Bill Keutzer, talked to CBS Affiliate, WJTV, about what it means to be a survivor.

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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.

Newly published statistics from the American Cancer Society in January 2017, stated approximately 600,290 Americans are expected to die of cancer, approximately 1,630 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 2005 and 2011 is 69 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. ACS estimates the number of new cancer cases in Mississippi for 2017 is 17,290.

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