National Cancer Survivors Day is June 2. It’s a time to celebrate the miracle of life and treasure our loved ones who have survived and continue to fight against the second- leading cause of death in America.

The National Cancer Institute estimated in a recent study that nearly 12 million Americans with a history of cancer were still living. Some of those individuals were cancer-free, while others were still undergoing treatment. The American Cancer Society projects that 1.66 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2013.

Medical breakthroughs have increased five-year survival rates starting at the time of diagnosis from less than 50 percent in the late 1970s to 67 percent in the early 21st century. Early detection is one of the biggest aids to survival and recovery rates. The most effective way to detect cancer early is

to schedule regular screenings and checkups.

Men can get a free PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test at Sams Club during Junesin-club healthscreening event.*The PSA test is one of the primary screenings available that can help test for potential prostate cancer.

We all dream of a world where cancer is a fully curable, treatable disease. But until that dream becomes a reality, lets all take the time to be thankful for the millions of lives that have been saved and make sure that were all doing what we can to save the next one.

* Health screenings may vary by club according to applicable state laws.

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