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The Power of Social Media and Your Health

Roy Jensen, MD

October 07, 2019

Research shows that patients are increasingly seeking healthcare information on the internet, making it the 3rd most common online activity. Combined with social networking, which accounts for nearly 1/5 of all time spent online, it’s understandable that social media can have a powerful effect on the way people approach their health.

As an NCI-designated cancer center, The University of Kansas Cancer Center embraces these facts and recognizes the value social media can bring to those seeking information about cancer. By providing cancer patients, survivors and their families with rich resources for understanding their disease, we can empower and engage them to take greater control of their health.

The number of people living with cancer exceeds 14 million. We all know someone affected by it. The University of Kansas Cancer Center is committed to communicating this indispensable information to as many people as possible. Consequently, I am issuing you a challenge. With your help, we can provide those affected by cancer with information, tools and support via the cancer center’s social media channels.

If you don’t already, follow The University of Kansas Cancer Center Facebook page, as well as our other social media channels including Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Pinterest. Like, share and comment to help amplify these important messages within your own communities.

By following the cancer center’s Facebook page, you will have access to the latest cancer information and be 1 step closer to being entered for a Lunch & Learn session. We will select one winner and a guest to have lunch with me and tour one of our cancer center labs. You’ll meet some of our researchers and learn about the latest leading-edge cancer research. Here’s how to become eligible:

  • Visit The University of Kansas Cancer Center Facebook page (or search for “The University of Kansas Cancer Center” on Facebook. Be sure to look for the gray badge next to our name).
  • Click “Like” under the main image at the top of the page.
  • Tag at least 2 friends in the comments of any of our posts.

You have the opportunity to help those suffering from the devastating effects of cancer. Help us make a difference in the health and wellness of our community. Like, share and comment to help amplify important cancer information within your own communities.

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