November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month®
November, a month known for the pleasure of eating, is the ideal month to raise awareness about gastric cancer. There is a great deal of focus on food, nourishment and family at this time of year, and that can be challenging for people dealing with stomach cancer, and for those living without a stomach.
In 2010, NSFC successfully championed and celebrated the first official Stomach Cancer Awareness Month in the U.S. Additionally, the Surgeon General has committed to making Thanksgiving Day National Family History Day, emphasizing the importance of knowing one’s hereditary risks for disease, clearly one of the risk factors for stomach cancer.
November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month however raising awareness about stomach cancer is important all throughout the year!
Awareness Month Goals
The goals of stomach cancer awareness are to:
- Raise awareness and support efforts to educate people about stomach cancer, including risk factors, prevention and early detection
- Recognize the need for additional funding and research into early diagnosis and treatment for stomach cancer
- Raise funds for stomach cancer research
- Encourage people and interested groups and organizations to observe and support Stomach Cancer Awareness Month through appropriate programs and activities to promote public awareness of, and potential treatments for, stomach cancer
- Empower everyone by uniting the caring power of people worldwide affected by stomach cancer
Supporters hope that greater awareness and knowledge will lead to earlier detection of stomach cancer, which is directly associated with higher long-term survival rates, and that money raised for stomach cancer research will result in better detection, treatments, improved survival rates, and ultimately a cure for this deadly disease.
Awareness Month Participation
Each November, we encourage patients, caregivers, families, friends, businesses and organizations to participate in a variety of ways:
- Put a face to the disease by sharing personal stories through local, national and international media
- Communicate awareness in local communities
- Engaging on our Facebook pages and other social media
- Share stomach cancer awareness and support badges on your social media profiles
- Attending or organizing fundraising events
- Participating in the annual Worldwide Walk
- Put up a sign promoting Stomach Cancer Awareness Month
Awareness Month History
Understanding the critical need for awareness of stomach cancer, No Stomach For Cancer (NSFC) was determined to have a month designated for awareness of this disease.
In 2011, awareness of Stomach Cancer Awareness Month grew, organizations began requesting awareness materials and adding the ‘month’ to awareness calendars and more people participated by hosting local events that raised awareness and funds.
By 2012, people throughout the world were looking for an event to join in their area. In response, we held our 1st annual No Stomach For Cancer Walk, a global walk to raise awareness about stomach cancer. Participation was far beyond our expectation, with participants from 35 states in the U.S. and 10 countries throughout the world.
Despite subsequent challenges to obtain official designations for the month NSFC remained committed to increasing awareness and celebrating November as Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. The key to success, however, is a unified voice. For that reason, NSFC applied for and received US Trademark registration for STOMACH CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. We took this action to ensure the continuity of the month.
NSFC actively encourages individuals and other groups and organizations to join in this effort and promote Stomach Cancer Awareness Month and activities.
November is Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and each year we will work to reach more people, spreading the word and sharing the knowledge, and ultimately saving lives through awareness. We will continue to raise funds to support research for better screening, early detection, treatment and prevention, with the hope of someday finding a cure for stomach cancer.