Be A Survivor: Breast Cancer | Colorectal Cancer

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we've given to

the word cancer.

Say the word.

Just because you don’t have cancer doesn’t mean you’re not living with it.

Nearly everyone knows and cares about someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, but most of us still feel powerless to talk about it. It is a word that is loaded with fear, anxiety, and ignorance. We need a place where we can set those things aside, learn, and better understand what it means to live with cancer.

We can take back the power we’ve given the word “cancer.” We can start by not being afraid to say it.

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Breast Cancer Survivor: Be a Creator, not a Victim

“You can either be a victim or a creator.” That’s a passionate lesson Karin Burdick tells students in her Strategies for Academic Success class at South Dakota State University in Brookings. Today, Burdick is receiving treatment for breast cancer, and is using her experience to create awareness that cancer can affect anyone. Read More »

Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness: Cindy’s Story

When Cindy Foerster of Brookings found a lump on her breast in July 2013, the last thing on her mind was cancer. She was looking forward to celebrating her five-year wedding anniversary with her husband, Matt. Cindy had doubts about whether it could be breast cancer — she didn’t have a family history, she was only 36, and her most recent checkup had uncovered no concerns. Read More »

Colonoscopy Prevents Cancer … Just Ask Dale

At age 55, Dale Dwire is no stranger to colonoscopies. He’s already had eight of them. During his last screening, his doctor found and removed eight polyps. In fact, doctors have found and removed polyps during all of his colonoscopy screenings beginning at age 35. Read More »

Learning to live with cancer will not give you cancer.

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Share pictures of life with cancer using the photo-sharing app Instagram on your smartphone. Just tag your photo with #PictureCancer.

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We're taking back the power we've given the word cancer by curing fear through knowledge and support. Share your fears and send your support using hashtag #CureFear.

Avera Marshall @AveraMarshall

Deb Baumann talks about the potential for the new Avera Cancer Institute Marshall.

Cure Fear @CureFear

These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.

Cure Fear @CureFear

Lung cancer mainly occurs in older people. About 2 out of 3 people diagnosed with lung cancer are 65 or older.

Avera McKennan @AveraMcKennan

Lung cancer isn't the easiest disease to find in early stages, but CT scans have proven the most effective.

Avera Sacred Heart @AveraSHH

Doris Esparza refused to give in to her diagnosis of stage 4 breast cancer.