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Call For Stories: Cancer Testing


Have you or has someone close to you made a choice to know more or less about their chances of developing cancer though new genetic tests? Do you work with those tests? If so, we would like to talk with you for an upcoming story on how cancer tests shape our lives and influence the decisions we make. 

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We are looking for these stories as part of a community conversation around cancer tests to be held at WILL on Monday, March 23rd. Please contact producer Amanda Honigfort at or (217) 244-8794 if you are interested in participating or being part of the live studio audience.