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Mayor Huether declares August as "Cancer Prevention Month"

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On Tuesday Mayor Mike Huether will present a proclamation declaring August 2012, Cancer Prevention Month for the City of Sioux Falls. The announcement is the first of its kind for the City of Sioux Falls and it will be given at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, July 17th. The American Cancer Society says this month will be aimed at raising awareness about cancer prevention. The group says there are simple changes in lifestyle that everyone can make to help lower their risk of cancer or help the chances of surviving the disease.

As a part of Cancer Prevention Month, the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will also be coming to Sioux Falls. You can be a part of this study August 14th-18th. Sioux Falls area residents are able to participate in this national and historic study that will help researchers understand the genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that influence cancer risk.

The American Cancer Society says CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study.

The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join this historic study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations. To learn more about this study just click the link on the left side of your screen.

The American Cancer Society says in the coming year 4,400 new cancer cases will be diagnosed in South Dakota. They also say 1,600 South Dakotans will lose a battle with cancer in the coming year. However the organization says over two-thirds of all cancer deaths are preventable. They say eating healthy, getting exercise, avoiding tobacco, and wearing sunscreen are some of the best ways to prevent cancer. They say early detection of cancer greatly increases chances for survival. This is why the group says making cancer screenings are so vital.

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