A revolution in cancer research and treatment has arrived: cancer immunotherapy. But not yet everyone knows about the discoveries made, the progress achieved, the lives saved—and the potential for a future immune to cancer. Use your voice to spread the word about cancer immunotherapy and don't forget to include the #CIM20 hashtag on your social media posts.
Here are eight ways you can help spread the word:
- Participate in Wear White Day, the global social media awareness campaign. Simply post a picture of yourself wearing white on social media with the hashtag #Immune2Cancer and an explanation about why you have joined the movement.
- Share your immunotherapy story. Provide guidance and encouragement to others going through their journey with cancer immunotherapy treatment. Join the ImmunoCommunity.
- Inform yourself and others by learning about cancer immunotherapy. Our understanding of the immune system alone has exploded in the last 60 years, which makes progress in understanding its relationship to cancer in the last 30 years even more extraordinary. Start with "What Is Immunotherapy?" and "30 Facts About Immunotherapy" and don’t forget to share these resources with friends, family, and colleagues.
- Start a conversation about cancer immunotherapy. Over 17 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year, leaving no one untouched. However, cutting-edge science and medicine are offering new hope and there is so much that you can do in the fight against cancer.
- Record a video message. More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day—and that’s just YouTube. Whether you want to share your thoughts in a touching Facebook post or a brief, informative Tik Tok message, video is a great way to reach hearts and minds around the globe.
- Write an op-ed for your local newspaper. Since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, cancer immunotherapy has a new momentum. We need continuing public support for scientific funding, clinical trial enrollment, new drug approvals, and integration into the standard of care across health care systems.
- Host an educational event. The landscape of cancer treatment has evolved rapidly in the last 10 years, so many are not yet aware of new immunotherapy options as well as the promise for more revolutionary treatments just around the corner. Help educate and enlighten your local community with an event.
- Light up a significant landmark. Illuminate a specific monument or building in your community in white. Why white? It’s the color of the white blood cells of our immune system, the lab coats of scientists doing research, the white coats of clinicians treating patients, and a prism of all the cancer awareness ribbons combined.
Join Cancer Research Institute’s Cancer Immunotherapy Month awareness and education programs this June.