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Area residents have the chance to be part of a nationwide cancer study that will help researchers understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

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The American Cancer Society, Midwest Division, is set to begin Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) this fall.

A kickoff breakfast to recruit area residents interested in spreading the word about the study is set for Thursday, July 26, at Hudson Hospital. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The program begins at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 8:30 a.m.

Speakers addressing the gathering include Karen Humphrey, American Cancer Society Midwest Board of Directors; Pat Cooksey, Hudson Hospital director of business development and marketing; and Matt Flory, director of healthcare partnerships, American Cancer Society.

At the kickoff, participants will receive all the information they need to educate citizens about the study and how they can make an appointment to enroll in the study.

The goal is to recruit 20 citizens who will assist in enrolling more than 210 participants for the study in St. Croix County beginning in September.

Enrollment will take place at Hudson Hospital on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12 at the St. Croix County Government Center.

Men and women wishing to participate in the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer, other than basal or squamous cell skin cancer.

To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete both a baseline and enrollment survey.

Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow up surveys every few years for the next 20-30 years. No other in-person appointments are required.

Participants do not need to live in St. Croix County to enroll.

The goal is to have 300,000 participants in the study from 32 states.

Participants in the study will be sent annual newsletters from ACS to inform them about the on-going research in the cancer prevention studies.

To attend the breakfast or to volunteer to recruit participants for the study, email matt.flory@cancer.org

or contact him at (651) 335-8926. For more information about CPS-3 go to www.cancer.org/cps3.

Enrollment appointments can be made at www.CPS3StCroix.org .

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