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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 »

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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 »

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I Can COPE with Breast Cancer!

Absorbing the news that you have a breast cancer diagnosis is challenging to say the least! Your emotions will be intense — feeling scared, anxious, out of control.
But you’re not alone in this journey. Your health care team will guide you through the coping process. Read More »

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Looking and Feeling First-Rate while Going through Cancer Treatments

Cancer treatment can make it difficult to look and feel your best, especially if you’re a woman. One of the most difficult things for anyone is looking in the mirror. Cancer treatment can cause multiple changes in appearance, serving as a constant reminder of the disease and making you look sicker than you may feel. Read More »

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Offering Help to Someone Going through Cancer Treatment

Many patients’ family and friends say “What can I do to help” or “How can I help?” But what does that truly mean?
People with cancer have a hard time figuring out what exactly you could do to help or what they need help with. Read More »

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Could a Lung Screening Save Your Life?

In my time at the Avera Cancer Institute in Mitchell, I have seen all kinds of people walk through the door. All with different kinds of cancer, one of the hardest ones to catch early is lung cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer for both men and women. Read More »

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