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Local residents called to contribute to historic cancer research effort

October 2, 2013

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OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Oncology Director Beth Hayden is passionate about what she does. She fell in love with taking care of patients with cancer when she was a nursing student and has been an oncology nurse ever since. While she’s seen lots of advances in treatment, she is excited about the opportunity area residents have to participate in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3 and the push for prevention.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is so excited to participate and be an enrollment site,” said Hayden. “Cancer has touched so many lives. Individuals will have two days to enroll in CPS-3 at Saint Anthony’s. We thought that this was a great opportunity to help researchers and help educate our community about cancer prevention, not just treating the disease.”

As it celebrates its 100th birthday, the American Cancer Society is looking to local residents to help finish the fight against cancer by reaching full enrollment in a historic research study. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people. Area enrollment will be held at various times and locations from Oct. 8 through Oct. 18.

For Hayden, CPS-3 is personal. Hayden lost her dad to lung cancer two years ago and her mom to colon cancer in April. She has been busy putting up posters and sharing enrollment information with everyone she meets.

CPS-3 is an incredible way to help others,” Hayden added. “I’ve used every opportunity to talk to people about being a part of the study. In the cafeteria, manager meetings, the grocery store and then I’m back the next week reminding them to make their appointment at cps3illinois.org. The survey only took about 30 minutes to complete. It wasn’t hard to fill out and the questions about exposure and lifestyle were really interesting, really got you thinking.”

The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 will take place at the following locations:

Winnebago County Health Department, Room 115, 555 N. Court St., Rockford — Tuesday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Belvidere North High School, Cafeteria, 9393 Beloit Road, Belvidere, Ill. — Thursday, Oct. 10, 4 to 7:30 p.m.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center for Cancer Care, 5666 E. State St., Rockford — Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rockford Public Schools, Administration Building, 501 Seventh St., Rockford — Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Boone County Health Department, Conference Room, 1204 Logan Ave., Belvidere, Ill. — Thursday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Main Entrance, Saint Francis/Saint Anthony rooms, 5666 E. State St., Rockford — Friday, Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.cps3illinois.org or call toll-free at 1-888-604-5888.

Posted Oct. 2, 2013

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