Laura Larson was diagnosed with breast cancer at 33, her husband Cody Larson is now stepping up and joining CPS-3
The American Cancer Society is bringing CPS-3 to the hub city. The national study will help researchers better understand the genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer. For one Aberdeen family, joining the study was a no-brainer.
Laura Larson couldn't believe what was happening to her
"You know I remember sitting in that chemo chair for that first round and just thinking I'm 33 this is not happening and how am I going to get through this? I have two small children we're supposed to be in the prime of our life and I have to go through this and I have to try to explain that to them? How are we going to do this?." Said Laura Larson.
Ten days after being diagnosed with breast cancer, Laura elected for a bilateral mastectomy. After six months of chemotherapy, she's now a survivor.
"As of right now I am cancer free and I just do some maintenance medication that I'll be on for about five years or so but I feel excellent it feels great." Said Laura Larson.
Laura is just one of the countless others who have been touched by cancer. It's stories like hers that the American Cancer Society hopes propels people to sign up for CPS-3
"We are looking for anybody between the ages of 30 and 65 so it doesn't matter as long as they've never had cancer." said Angie Scepanik a spokeswoman for CPS-3.
The Cancer Prevention Study or CPS-3 is coming to Aberdeen starting in September. After seeing what his wife went through, signing up was an easy decision for Cody.
"Yeah and Laura said you're doing this! (laughs)" Said Cody Larson.
Every few years over the next two decades, the study group will check up on participants to see how lifestyle and behaviors are affecting their health. But most importantly, whether they've developed cancer.
"You think of your kids you want to try and do whatever you can to help them you hope you're helping them by getting in the study and protecting other people and protect their children by whatever they can find out." Said Cody Larson.
"It's helping everyone so and even if you haven't been affected by it in anyway, if you don't know anyone who's had cancer or whatever, it could help you in the future. You might be that person you just never know!" Said Laura Larson.
The study is still in need of volunteers. The ACS has a goal of 400 participants and is a little more than halfway there. All it takes is your signature, a vial of blood, and a few minutes of your time to help make a difference.
You can participate at either Avera St. Luke's or Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center. The study starts on September 10th and runs through the 12th. To register simply follow this link to the Cancer Prevention Study's website or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
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