4 February 2012
Last updated at 12:53
These pictures of cancer survivors from different countries around the world were put together by the BBC Russian Service to mark World Cancer Day on 4 February. Simon James, UK: "In 2006 I was diagnosed with bowel cancer and underwent a series of operations followed by radiotherapy. This picture shows me with my original CT scan three years after my treatment. It's now six years since the original diagnosis and I'm still cancer-free!"
Kathy is a 58-year-old breast cancer survivor living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is still undergoing treatment to ensure that the cancer doesn't return. This photo was taken in 2011 when she received the news that she was clear. Kathy is an amazingly strong and positive woman. Her strength was bolstered by the support she received from her husband, Ian, her three children and the rest of her family. Photo: Jeanette Verster, USA.
Zanda from Latvia is an active participant of "The Tree of Life", a project designed to help cancer patients. A mother of two, she underwent breast cancer surgery and a number of further operations to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Photo: Anna Jurkovska, Latvia.
Zain is a cancer survivor. She wears a pink ribbon as she is an active member of a group called "The Hope" in Saudi Arabia. They visit cancer patients, especially those newly diagnosed. They share their stories, how they battle chemo therapy and how they didn't give up. The group gets support from people in hospitals as well as the Saudi Cancer Foundation. Photo: Abduljalil Al-Nasser, Saudi Arabia.
Abdullah Dhaim (Abu Waleed) is 75, he was diagnosed with colon cancer a few years ago. Doctors have since removed 17cm of his colon. After he was cured he started to visit other cancer patients to educate them and lift their spirits. His wife has recently been diagnosed with liver cancer. Many women in Saudi Arabia say that when they were diagnosed with cancer, people stopped greeting them, eating with them or having any form of a physical contact with them. They believe this is because some people in Saudi Arabia think cancer is contagious or they are just very scared. Photo: Abduljalil Al-Nasser, Saudi Arabia.
Matt Edwards: "This is my aunt Darlene Graczyk of Bloomington, Illinois, USA. Darlene had two types of breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatment she was deemed cancer free. She is so strong and positive. We all love you."
Dmitry Berkut, Russia: "I met Serge two years ago while he was undergoing treatment for leukaemia. He was born in central Siberia. Serge has several brothers and sisters so his mother was unable to stay with him at the hospital. He was adopted by an older couple before leaving hospital."
Cathleen Daum, USA: "I am Cathy, a breast cancer survivor. Going on nine years now. There is a bond, between us all that no one can break."
Margarita Bakhmanova from Russia is 37 and she was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. While she was waiting for a course of chemotherapy and then surgery, she went to see a friend and asked her to take pictures of her before she lost her hair. Photo: Valery Klamm, Russia.
Raphael Nzioka from Nairobi, Kenya, is 27-years-old and is suffering from colon cancer.
Kathy Rymes (left) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009. She encourages those with cancer to remember that they are not alone, and that finding someone to talk to is critical to the recovery process. Michelle White-Malcolm (right) was diagnosed with breast cancer the same year. Michelle says that patients should express their fears and let other people help. Photos: Scott Hussey, USA, as part of a book called Living Through Cancer.
Statues in the Cancer Survivors Park in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Photo: Eric Bowers, USA. We would like to thank all participants for sending us their pictures and sharing their experiences with our readers to mark World Cancer Day on 4 February.