If everyone reading this were asked if they have ever known anyone who's had cancer, the answer likely would be yes.
That response is not as devastating as it may sound. Today, the survival rate of cancer continues to climb. According to the American Cancer Society, the five-year relative survival rate for all cancers diagnosed between 2001 and 2007 is 67 percent, up from 49 percent in 1975-1977.
These milestones aren't reached alone. Obviously, there are researchers and health care providers to credit. However, a strong support system from family and friends is a big bonus on the road to recovery.
As a prelude to the Randolph County Relay For Life scheduled for June 9, The Inter-Mountain will present a series focusing on area residents who are winning their battle with cancer. It is our hope that the stories will provide some insight on the obstacles and triumphs these people, their families and caregivers have experienced.
While most of us have answered yes to the question of knowing someone who had cancer, we may not realize how the disease changes various factors of their lives. Next time someone you know is diagnosed, take some time to consider how you could help meet one of their needs or that of their family. It can make a world of difference.