Baptist To Host National Cancer Survivors Day June 3

Monday, May 21, 2012

Join Baptist Cancer Services, a division of Baptist Medical Center in Jackson, Miss. on Sunday, June 3 from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson, Miss. for National Cancer Survivors Day.  This free event honors the lives of those surviving and battling cancer. This year’s guest speaker will be Cancer Survivor Walter Redden and the Guest Emcee will be Radiation Oncologist Richard Friedman, MD.

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. Another feature for this year includes the celebration of the Hederman Cancer Center’s 10th Anniversary. Since 2002 almost 20,000 cancer patients have been treated at Baptist.

“Baptist treats more cancer patients than any hospital in Mississippi, and, actually, for over 66 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 2012, show that cancer death rates in the US continue to decrease. Death rates continue to decline for lung, colon, breast and prostate cancer, which are responsible for the most cancer deaths. However, there has been an increase in the past decade of people developing some less common cancers, including pancreas, liver, thyroid and kidney cancer.

American Cancer Society reports the five year relative survival rate for all cancer diagnosed between 2001-2007 is 67 percent, up from 49 percent in 1975-1977. According to the American Cancer Society, the improvement in survival reflects both progress in diagnosing certain cancer at an earlier stage and improvements in treatment. ACS estimates the number of new cancer cases in Mississippi for 2012 is 15,190.

To register for Baptist’s free Cancer Survivors Day celebration, call the Baptist Health Line at 601.948.6262 or 800.948.6262 by Wednesday May 30, 2012.

To view the Baptist Cancer Services overview video click here.

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