The State of New York has declared June “Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month” as a way to bring attention to cancer immunotherapy, a new class of cancer treatment that mobilizes the immune system to fight the disease and represents the most immediate hope for curing patients with any type of cancer.

The New York City-based nonprofit Cancer Research Institute (CRI), which is committed to developing immune system-based cancer treatments, started Cancer Immunotherapy Awareness Month because many members of the public are not aware of cancer immunotherapy’s ability to treat cancer and its potential to offer safer and more effective treatment options.

Today is “Wear White for a Cure Day” in support of efforts to speed cancer immunotherapy development.