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Glossary: avoidance, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

avoidance

(uh-VOY-dunts)

The act of staying away from people, places, and thoughts that may cause anxiety, pain, or unpleasant feelings. Some types of cancer-related avoidance include refusing to accept a cancer diagnosis or get treatment, and using alcohol or other drugs to forget about having cancer.

2006-10-14