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Social Background

Diagnosis of cancer is a terrible shock.
Then, patients suffer from various stress when undergoing
examinations and treatments.
Sometimes, patients lose hope.
Sometimes, patients get mental illness due to anxiety.

National Cancer Center reports in its study (*1) that the suicide risk within 1 year of the patients diagnosed with cancer is as 20 times much as the cancer-free.

(quote: The National Cancer Center HP )

Suicide after diagnosis
cancer-free within 1 year after 1 year
Period after diagnosis of cancer

According to statistics of National Police Agency (*2), the most frequent cause for suicide is health issues that accounts for almost a half of all cases. (source; Cabinet Office )

Cause/ Factor of Suicide
Health Issues(50%), Economic and Livelihood Issues(17%), Family Issues(14%), Work-related Issues(9%), Others(10%)

5years desire to provide mental support to patients so as to protect lives.

Many patients conquered disease and returned to society.

The most supportive items for fighting patients are “Hope”,“Healing” and “Information”.

Patients are under severe pressure that could case suicide. When such patients are struggling with disease, the most supportive items are “Hope for the future” “Healing from isolation” and “Helpful information” that are provided by cancer survivors.

We, 5years hope to support patients and their families. We want to stand by patients who are so depressed that might kill
themselves due to disease. We desire to help as many patients as possible.

Existing media do not release information on patients who came back into society so far.

Spreading information on survivors generates “Hope for life”.

Communication with survivors is an effective “Healing from isolation”.

Patients will obtain “Helpful information” through communication with ex-patients.

“Hope for life”
“Healing from isolation”
“Helpful information”

5years offer services I myself longed for when I had been struggling with disease.
Now I have recovered, I am eager to establish service providing systems which satisfy cancer-patients’ needs and wants.

5years introduce poeple who conquered disease and returned into society (Hope), enable communication with patients of experience (Healing) and provide knowledges of cancer survivors (Information) to those who are confronting with life threatning situations.

We are very thankful if you take note of our activities and support us.

Future is filled with brightness.

(*1) Independent Administrative Agency National Cancer Center Research Center for Cancer Prevention and Screening“Death by suicide and other externally caused injuries following a cancer diagnosis”(2014/ April)
(*2) Council on Suicide Prevention Policy“Current situation of suicide in 2013 (2014 March 13)”