Join the St. Louis Rams this Saturday to be a part of cancer history

Wordpress_CPS3ad_blktextSt. Louis Rams Running Back Chase Reynolds, and his wife Kila, are encouraging St. Louisans to join their Rams family for a ground-breaking research effort this Saturday. Individuals can come to Rams Park in Earth City, First Baptist Church of Arnold, or Mineral Area College in Park Hills to join them in Cancer Prevention Study-3.

The American Cancer Society is specifically looking for individuals between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to make an easy, but long-term commitment to the study. Research will continue to reveal what causes and what prevents cancer.

In approximately 20 minutes time, individuals will take a survey, have their waist measured, and give a small blood sample similar to what is taken at a doctor’s office. Then every two years or so, a new survey will be mailed to them for follow-up.

You can change the face of cancer for future generations. Join us on Saturday, and learn more at http://www.cancerstudymo.org.

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St. Louis Celebrates American Cancer Society Turning 100

This year the American Cancer Society marks its 100th birthday. In St. Louis, and cities across the country, cancer patients, survivors, volunteers, and corporate partners joined together to salute this major milestone.

We’re honored that more than 300 supporters took time out of their work day for our celebration on the American Cancer Society’s St. Louis campus. That’s 300 people who made noise and pledged to take action to finish the fight against cancer.

St. Louis staff celebrating 100 years

St. Louis staff celebrating 100 years

Today, two out of three people diagnosed with cancer are surviving. More than 400 people a day in the U.S. are celebrating birthdays that would have otherwise been lost to cancer. As the Official Sponsor of Birthdays ™, the American Cancer Society will continue to make noise by amplifying its efforts to ensure lifesaving cancer research gets funded; by making sure people facing cancer have the help they need, such as a free place to stay during treatment or a ride to get there; and by fighting for equal access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, and clean air.

We want to sincerely thank all of the individuals and businesses who gave of their time, their talent, and their products in honor of our local 100th birthday celebration.

Aaron Wrenn, volunteer griller
Adrenaline Zone
Anthonino’s Taverna
Bommarito Hazelwood
Botanical Garden
Brasserie / Niche
Brunswick Zone
CBS Outdoor
Damita Moris-Silpada
Dooley’s
Federhofer’s
Five Guys
Four Seasons St. Louis
Hooters
Laura Klein, Touchstone Crystal
LeGrand’s
Magic House
Manchester Sam’s Club
Maplewood Sam’s Club
Massage Envy
McAlister’s Deli
Mike Hoey, volunteer griller
Noodles and Co.
Pam Carissimi, Tastefully Simple
Pam Liesman, Sanofi
Pappy’s
Pasta House
Phillip Johnson Salon
Psghetti’s
QuikTrip
Schnucks
South County Costco
St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Rams Cheerleaders & Rampage
Tanner Bechtel, Music
The Cup
The Fox Theatre
The Science Center
Therese Fenske, Thirty One Bags

To view more photos from our celebration, visit: http://on.fb.me/19GywEl

Self reflection helps St. Louis woman better lifestyle, encourage community to help find what causes & prevents cancer

It’s never too late to make a change- is just one of Michelle Nischbach’s mottos.  For Michelle, staying fit and trim came naturally to her most of her life.  She was active, athletic, and participated in many sports when she was younger.  However, as a busy career woman, married and a mother of 2, she took a real hard look in the mirror one day and didn’t like what she saw.

Michelle Nischbach

Michelle Nischbach

“Something needed to be done,” said Michelle.  “I was very diligent.  I lost 25-30 pounds. I had to just knock it right off.”   Michelle has become a runner, just completing her third half marathon, and manages her weight to appropriate standards at all times.  “I maintain a very healthy balance of eating right and exercising.”

What prompted Michelle’s lifestyle change was the weight gain, but more importantly, she realized she wasn’t getting any younger.  She also realized she needed to be doing everything she could to avoid a diagnosis of cancer or another disease.   “No one is free from a cancer diagnosis- but you can reduce the odds if you do the right things.”

When her employer, UMB Bank, announced participation in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study- 3 (CPS-3), it caught Michelle’s attention.  “Unfortunately, you encounter people every day that have been negativity impacted by cancer,” said Michelle.   “And what is being asked of a participant in the study is very small, but can have a huge impact….it’s just about being and staying committed.”

This historic study has the potential to change the face of cancer for thousands and thousands of lives, here in St. Louis and nationwide.  Men and women between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the study.  The opportunity for local residents to enroll will take place at various locations across St. Louis from April 23 to May 1.  To learn more or to sign up, visit cancerstudymo.org.

For more than 60 years, the American Cancer Society has been conducting large-scale, nationwide population studies to examine the causes of cancer and how it can be prevented.  The many results from these studies have had a tremendous impact on public health. For example,  in  2006, guidelines on nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention were published which encourage individuals to maintain a healthy weight throughout life, adopt a physically active lifestyle, choose a healthy diet with more plant sources, and limit the consumption of alcohol beverages.  The American Cancer Society has since validated the effectiveness of these guidelines to see if following them really does lower risk of dying from cancer and other diseases.

Michelle’s words of encouragement “It’s never too late to make a lifestyle change. It doesn’t have to be extreme, like running marathons.  Anyone can do it- you just gotta get moving!”

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