National Cancer Survivor Month

Howard Brown colon cancer survivor
Colon Cancer Survivor Howard Brown (right) at physical therapy.

Please join the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in support of this awareness campaign celebrating those who have fought the disease and those who are currently in treatment. Thanks to spectacular advances in cancer research, more than 16.9 million people in the United States are cancer survivors who are living with, through, and beyond their disease.

Who is a cancer survivor? According to the National Cancer Institute, an individual is considered a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis, through the balance of his or her life. Every survivorship experience is unique as they may face challenges during and after treatments. With survivorship research, adverse effects will be controlled, treated, and prevented.

What will you do to support cancer survivors?

You Can Contact A Member of Congress.

Share your concerns about funding, clinical trial barriers, and the need for better treatments with your member of Congress. Communicate with Congress to make cancer research a national priority.

You Can Raise Awareness About Survivorship.

  • Tell a family member, friend, or even a stranger that June is National Cancer Survivor Month! Take a selfie, write a blog, or share social media posts about your survivorship story and how you have benefited from cancer research. Tag AACR and use the hashtags #ResearchSavesLives and #CelebrateSurvivorship.
  • Test your knowledge with the National Cancers Survivor Month quiz. Learn more about the spectacular progress driven by cancer research.
  • Use the Facebook profile frame. Support National Cancer Survivor Month by adding a frame to your Facebook profile picture.

You Can Donate to Lifesaving Cancer Research.

  • The AACR is committed to helping prevent and cure all cancers. Your donation to lifesaving research propels the important work of the 47,000 AACR scientific members worldwide who are leading the global effort to defeat cancer. With every donation, 88 cents of every dollar raised goes to cancer research. Donate to support lifesaving research.
  • Take the patient and advocacy survivorship survey. AACR is interested in hearing from patients, survivors, caregivers, and advocates as we are developing programs and initiatives to support the advocacy community. Your voice matters. Take this opportunity to share insights from your journey.

You Can Join the AACR Advocacy Community.

  • Engage on social media.  Like the AACR Facebook page, follow the AACR on Twitter, and join the Advocate Facebook group. Join the conversation and share the patient/survivor perspective using the official hashtags #ResearchSavesLives #CelebrateSurvivorship.
  • Sign up for the AACR Advocacy Alerts. Receive quarterly emails that keep you informed about AACR programs, events, and fellow advocates.
  • Subscribe to Cancer Today, the AACR publication for cancer patients, survivors, and their family members and friends.

Share how to support cancer survivors with your community. Download the flyer.