The Japan Cancer Society (JCS) is a nationwide organization that has influenced the private-sector fight against cancer in Japan established in 1958 to aid the struggle to bring cancer under control, JCS has concentrated its efforts on diminishing cancer deaths through the adoption of healthier diets and lifestyles, and by initial detection and treatment. Since its affiliation the ‘JCS Group’ have sponsored the screenings of about 300 million people, and this endeavour has led to the recognition of about 340,000 confirmed or suspected cases of cancer. Their mission concentrates on conducting a worldwide cancer-prevention campaign by increasing public awareness of cancer and encouraging the public to undergo cancer screenings. JCS provides information related to cancer to patients, their families, and the public, through the means of telephone consultations and sessions with specialists. JCS also publishes various brochures, workshops, gives lectures and conduct symposia. Across the nation, the JCS Group invites about 12 million people a year, mainly in rural communities, to be segregated for cancer. As a result, about 13,000 cancer cases are detected each year. These local societies are self-reliant institutions established to conduct screening for cancer and other diseases. They have joined forces with JCS to fight cancer together.
JCS is also publicizing a wide range of activities to fight cancer, in collaboration with academic and medical institutions and unions. JCS also actively take part in international efforts to fight cancer as a member of the Union for International Control of Cancer (UICC). It maintains friendly ties to the American Cancer Society, in particular, through collaboration in the ‘Relay for Life’. From the viewpoint of the private sector. It holds a collection of workshops and symposia where cancer experts share the most up-to-date remedies with frontline medical professionals in an attempt to overcome regional disparities in cancer treatment.
JCS is also developing an expertise training program for cancer survivors and their family members who wish to help cancer patients and their families. Through the program, these ‘associate supporters’ will be able to acquire essential skills, information and relevant programs and disciplines for consultation. The project is supported by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.