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Cancer patients and survivors to travel to Pierre on Monday for Cancer Action Day



PIERRE, S.D. (Dakota News Now) – The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) will be hosting advocates at the capitol on Monday for the annual “Suits and Sneakers” Cancer Action Day.

Patients, survivors and advocates will meet with lawmakers in Pierre to ask them to wear suits and sneakers and “get active” in making cancer a policy priority.

“South Dakota is a place where work ethic, taking care of your neighbors and common sense are alive and well,” ACS CAN South Dakota Government Relations Director Ben Hanson said. “At ACS CAN, we want to put all of those values to work by removing barriers to things like getting South Dakotans the life-saving screenings they need for early detection of breast cancer.”

Those traveling to Pierre will be calling on legislators to prioritize full access to voter-approved Medicaid expansion and to support Senate Bill 147, which creates a definition of palliative care, allowing for the application for federal grants for at-home care.

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