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October 27, 2013

Your View: Enroll in long-term cancer study

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

As a cancer survivor myself, I am unable to participate in this great opportunity. But I plead with those of you who are 30-65 years old and have never had cancer to help, so that others will never have to hear those words “you have cancer.”

Residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) will be taking place in the St. Peter / Mankato area at select venues from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer) and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up. Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive survey about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by certified, trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measurement. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3 and directing them to the website.

Go to the website today to schedule an appointment for one of the dates Oct. 29, Oct. 30 or Nov. 2 or call toll free 1-888-604-5888.

Mary Cassem

American Cancer Society

Lake Crystal

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