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Let's take back

the power

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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Sharing “Faith, Hope and Love” because of Avera’s Patience, Care and Compassion

I’d like to share a story about a cancer patient who benefited from holistic care at the Prairie Center, and she began to “pay it forward” by making beautiful quilts that display her gratitude… Registered nurses know so much about care that when they receive it, they can be considered true experts on its quality, much like chefs who review restaurants. Read More »

Lung Cancer Screenings: A Painless Peace of Mind

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in South Dakota and in the United States. It has caused more deaths than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. There’s no better way to increase your awareness than getting a lung cancer screening. Read More »

A Microscopic Mystery

Look at blood smeared across a slide under a microscope, and you see a mystery revealed. The ruby-colored, vital, fluid of life we call blood is made of lots of stuff. There’s the liquid plasma that moves cells and protein; the red cells that bring oxygen around the body; the platelets that stop bleeding; and the different kinds of white cells that fight infection in a wide variety of ways. Read More »

Learning to live with cancer will not give you cancer.

Picture life with cancer.

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

We've discovered the cure for fear.

Say The Word in 140 characters.

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.

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.

Cure Fear @CureFear

Lung cancer accounts for about 14% of all new cancers.

Avera Sacred Heart @AveraSHH

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