What is a "Survivor"

Robin Zimmerman

Today is Nationa Cancer Survivors Day. But what is a "Survivor". The example that comes to mind when we hear "survivor" is someone that goes through hell with treatment. But there is another way. Early detection and awareness can make you a "survivor". Every survivor can be the one that  "caught it early". How great would if be if the necessity of treatment for late stage cancer were a rarity. When we can say "Remember when cancer was found so late that you had months, even years, of treatment to get it under control?" More research is being done for prevention and early setection for every cancer. Awareness and education programs have been growing. You cant go a day anymore with a reminder that early detection saves lives. We can all learn from these as new information comes out.