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BCAN’s “Shine a Light” campaign is dedicated to increasing public awareness about bladder cancer.

The month of May is Bladder Cancer Awareness Month.
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According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 81,190 new cases of bladder cancer in the United States this year. The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is on the front-lines advocating for greater public awareness and increased funding research for bladder cancer. 

BCAN kicked-off their “Shine a Light” campaign on May 1 with a bold orange light shining across the country to raise awareness, support loved-ones, share courageous stories, and raise funds for bladder cancer research.

What began in 2011 as a national Walk to End Bladder Cancer has expanded to more than 25 locations across the county. Registration is open for all walks in 2018 — find an event near you.

“Although bladder cancer is the 6th most commonly diagnosed cancers, it has received very little attention, and that needs to change” said Andrea Maddox-Smith, Chief Executive Officer, BCAN. “We are shining a light on bladder cancer to say we will not be silent. BCAN feels strongly that patients should not learn about bladder cancer for the first time, when the doctor provides their diagnosis.” 

Help share BCAN’s message of awareness to let others know about the warning signs of bladder cancer. You never know who you might help. Visit www.bcan.org for more information.