12 people a day: That’s how many South Dakotans will hear the words ‘You have cancer’ in 2013

by Charlotte Hofer, American Cancer Society

According to the American Cancer Society, there will be 4,570 new cancer diagnoses this year in South Dakota.  That’s twelve people every day!  Cancer can be an overwhelming diagnosis, but the American Cancer Society is here to help.

We provide support and resources for cancer survivors and their families.  Here are just a few of the many services we offer:

  • Information on The American Cancer Society website has a lot of information and can help answer all of your questions, as well as connect you to doctors, treatment options, and other resources.  The site also offers prevention information.
  • Transportation and lodging: If you live too far away from medical facilities to commute, the American Cancer Society can provide lodging for you.  If you live nearby but cannot drive or be driven, ACS has volunteer programs that provide transportation to and from the hospital.
  • Wigs and “Look GoodFeel Better“: The American Cancer Society provides wigs free of charge for patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments.  ACS also offers programs such as Look Good… Feel Better, which provides workshops for survivors to help them cope with and counteract the inevitable changes in their body during cancer treatment.
  • Reach to Recovery: Reach to Recovery is a support program for women with breast cancer.

For more information on programs and services for cancer survivors, visit the American Cancer Society website at or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345. We’re standing by to help.



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