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MASON CITY, Iowa – We’ve told you about the nation-wide cancer research study taking place in our area.
It’s called the Cancer Prevention Study 3 or “CPS-3″ and today is the first day of enrollment.
Linda Webner knows how important cancer studies like this are.
“The first time I had cancer and I’m an 11 year survivor of that was leukemia and then I had breast cancer five years ago,” says Webner.
Because she is a two-time cancer survivor she’s not eligible to take part in the historic study but she is encouraging other people to do so.
“We’re trying really desperately hard to make this the last century that we have cancer so that we will either be able to diagnose early or prevent it from ever happening in individuals.”
Today she’s volunteering for the American Cancer Society, helping folks get checked in to participate in the Cancer Prevention Study -3.
The process is fairly simple. After checking in folks will get their waist measured, and then answer a few questions, then a small amount of blood is drawn, the entire process takes less than a half an hour.
“For the time invested in the cancer prevention study we will have a tremendous impact on helping to save lives,” explains Liddy Hora with the American Cancer Society.
The enrollment goal for the north Iowa area was 250 participants, and that number has already been reached. But their new goal is over 300.
“It’s exciting to be in a community that responds to the call, I knew this would happen because that’s the kind of people that Mason City people are and surrounding areas,” says Hora.
“This is very near and dear to my heart. I’ve been working with the American Cancer Society for a number of years and the reason is because I don’t want to see somebody else have to go through what I’ve gone through,” says Webner.
It’s not too late if you’d still like to participate in the study, they are welcoming more people.
Enrollment events will be taking place tomorrow and Saturday in Mason City, and you don’t have to be pre-registered they welcome walk-ins.