Cancer Prevention Study Needs Participants


The local American Cancer Society needs your help. 

"Our goal originally was 400 people, and we're at about130 that have confirmed their appointments," Jason McCoy with the local American Cancer Society said. 

Saturday marks the first round of enrollments for the the American Cancer Society's third nationwide cancer prevention study.

Past studies have provided insights into what does and doesn't cause cancer.

Accoridng to McCoy, it's important to get representation from the Panhandle.

"Our area doesn't really get represented a lot of times when we have national studies. A lot of times, they take place in major metropolitan areas, and so it's important for this area with the industries that we have, with cotton and the fuel  industry and the beef industry to be represented," McCoy said. 

The time commitment is minimal. You register online, show up to one of the enrollment sites for quick blood work, and then, you will complete a survey every few years about your habits.

"We're trying to get a whole new cross section of people nationwide, 300,000 people, so we don't want to leave anyone out," McCoy said. 

It's easy to join in. All you have to do is sign up and show up this Saturday. There will be two more dates you can sign up for - you can find more information on how to register for all the dates here.

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