Today is World Cancer Day, sponsored by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which is made up of over 800 cancer-related organizations from 155 countries -- truly a World Cancer Day.
There are lots of events related to World Cancer Day, most of them designed to make people more aware of cancer, its impact, and its prevention and treatment.
The website lists some possibilities for activism, if that is something that you think you would like to be involved in. I sometimes joke about "cancer awareness" -- as if there is anyone in the world who doesn't know what cancer is.
But there really is a lot that people need to be aware of -- new treatments, clinical trials, a lack of funding for cancer research, basic prevention strategies. All of us reading this are, obviously, more aware of cancer than we would like to be. So maybe we can all do our small part to increase awareness. Go on Facebook or Twitter and give people a link to World Cancer Day, or Lymphomation.org, or some other cancer-related group that means something to you. Maybe ask them to read a little, or maybe make a donation.
It's great that we are aware. It would be even better if others helped us out.
Andrew Schorr, the founder of Patient Power, has a nice blog post about World Cancer Day. He says we should make 2016 World Cancer Year, and really work together to make progress this year toward getting rid of cancer once and for all. I'm with him on that.
In the meantime, take a moment to celebrate. You and your loved ones are survivors.
Go have some ice cream.