Volunteers Sought for Cancer Study

CRYSTAL LAKE – Amy Moerschbaecher wants to do her part to fight cancer, and not just because she’s the director of oncology services at Centegra Health System.

“My husband is a six-year cancer survivor, and my brother is a three-year cancer survivor,” she said Tuesday. “So if I can do something to help prevent cancer in the future, I want to do that.”

That’s why Moerschbaecher is one of 400 McHenry County residents to sign up so far to participate in an American Cancer Center prevention study that seeks to change the face of cancer for future generations.

Centegra is partnering with the American Cancer Society on the study. Local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer still can sign up today. To participate, individuals first should register at http://www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/mchenryil, where you also will schedule an enrollment appointment. Appointments are available from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at Centegra Hospital – McHenry. For those who don’t want to register online, limited walk-ins will be accepted today at Centegra Hospital – McHenry. Walk-ins should expect the registration process to take a little longer in person, said Kim Kubiak, Centegra’s senior public relations coordinator. About 600 participants are being sought, and as of Tuesday morning, about 400 had registered, Kubiak said. Besides Moerschbaecher, Centegra CEO Michael Eesley also has registered.

“I’m registered to participate in this important study myself,” Eesley said in a news release. “We’re proud that Centegra is the first health system in Illinois to be invited to partner with the American Cancer Society for this study that should help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.”

Participants fill out a comprehensive health survey, give blood and be measured around the waist The American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys and annual newsletters with study updates and results. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths will be sent to participants every couple of years. The goal, Moerschbaecher said, is to find lifestyle patterns that might lead to cancer so better preventative care information can be provided in the future.

For information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org, or call 888-604-5888.

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