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Bus Tour a Call to Action for SD Cancer Patients and Survivors

August 5, 2008

Sioux Falls, SD – The "Fight Back Express" bus tour rolls into South Dakota this week with its urgent message for cancer patients and survivors. The American Cancer Society Action Network is sponsoring this stop on its national tour to engage South Dakotans in the fight against the number-one killer of Americans under 85.

Jennifer Stalley with the American Cancer Society South Dakota Region says the bus will be in the state on Thursday and Friday.

Affordable health care for cancer patients is an important issue in a state like South Dakota, she stresses, where an estimated 91,000 residents are uninsured.

"Cancer patients who have insurance are far more likely to have their cancer found at a time when it can be treated and, hopefully, cured. If you don't have insurance, your diagnosis is much more grim. We definitely want people to be engaged in that discussion about health care reform."

Stalley says the bus's stops will include a mobile action center where visitors can sign a petition calling for access to quality health care for all. Visitors also may sign the bus itself as a show of support for making cancer a top national priority, she adds.

"No one should be going through chemotherapy treatment and at the same time be worrying about whether or not they're going to get the rent paid, because they either don't have insurance or, in a lot of cases, the insurance they do have is inadequate. Or be worrying that they have such a high deductible that they can't afford the treatment they need or the high-priced drugs required afterwards. We want people who are engaged in that discussion bringing out their stories and bringing out their solutions."

Stalley says South Dakota has serious health care issues, with one in four insured cancer patients reporting they have used all or most of their savings to pay for treatments. She says the only way to solve the problem is through public policy. The bus tour will end in Washington, D.C., in November.

The Fight Back Express stops on Thursday in Sioux Falls at the Sioux Falls Sanford Cancer Center, 8 a.m.-9 a.m.; Avera Cancer Center, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.; Falls Park, 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; and Sioux Empire Fair, 2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Stops on Friday include Rapid City at the Regional Hospital, 9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m., and Wall Drug, 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.; Pierre, at St. Mary's Healthcare Center, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., and Mobridge, 8 p.m.-9 p.m.

David Law/Chris Thomas, Public News Service - SD