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Preventing cancer starts with you

​​Cancer has touched us all, but now you have a chance to make a difference in the fight against the disease.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) will enroll up to 300,000 people across the U.S., ages 30-65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Marshfield Clinic is the exclusive health care partner for the CPS-3 study in north-central and western Wisconsin.

William Hocking, M​.D., an oncologist at Marshfield Clinic Marshfield Center, said data from the study is invaluable to researchers to better understand lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

"Anytime we can partner with an organization that can make a real difference in the world is an opportunity we should take," Dr. Hocking said. "Marshfield Clinic's mission is to improve the health of the people we serve and this is a way we can accomplish that."

Sandy Lustig lost her 29-year-old son-in-law, David Duran, in 2011 — less than two months after he married Lustig's daughter — to colon cancer. Duran, an athletic young man, showed few symptoms that a tumor was growing in his body, Lustig said. Aggressive chemotherapy treatments were too late to save him.

Lustig, a registered nurse in the Outpatient Surgery Center at Marshfield Medical Center, hopes her participation in the study will save lives.

"If there is some way David's cancer could've been caught earlier, maybe he would still be here with us today," Lustig said.

Marshfield Clinic will host enrollment sites:

  • Oct. 23 - Weston Center
  • Oct. 24-25 - Eau Claire Center
  • Oct. 26 - Wausau Center
  • Oct. 29-30 - Marshfield Center
  • Oct. 30 - Rice Lake Center

Visit www.cps3northernwi.org​ for more information, or to make an appointment to enroll.​

Participants will complete a survey at home about lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to their health. During the appointment, participants will answer questions, have their waist measured and give a small blood sample. The process takes about 20-30 minutes.

The ACS will send periodic follow-up surveys for the next 20-30 years to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

"If you want to make a real contribution to the people in your community, the country, or for your own children and grandchildren, this is an incredibly great value for your time," Dr. Hocking said.