Baptist to Host Annual Celebration of Life on Cancer Survivors Day, Sunday June 5, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

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Join Baptist Cancer Services, a division of Baptist Health Systems in Jackson, Miss. for National Cancer Survivors Day on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 2:30 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 Jackson’s own TV meteorologist and author, Barbie Bassett. Barbie will be joined by Stevie Flynt, who will be the guest entertainment for the event.  To register for this year’s Cancer Survivors Day or for more information, please register online by visiting by calling 800.948.6262 or click here to register online.

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 Spokesman Robby Channell. “

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 2016, stated approximately 595,690 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 2016 is 16,680.

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