Posted: Jan 10, 2013 6:11 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Jan 10, 2013 11:40 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The American Cancer Society is gearing up for it's 3rd Cancer Prevention Study, and they need the community's help to make a difference.
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to participate in a long-term study to help prevent future cases of cancer. This is the organization's 3rd study because each study lasts for about 30 years.
By December 2013, organizers hope to have gathered 500 volunteers from the Coastal Bend bringing the national total to 300,000.
But it's a lot easier than it sounds.
You enroll online at www.cancerstudyTX.org, and then set up an appointment on your own time, to come in for a few, brief tests. Then you answer a survey that's mailed to your house every few years to make updates to the survey. And this year's study will include one new test, not used in the past two studies. A small blood draw.
That blood draw will help researchers look into the genetic causes of cancer that many forget about.
Melissa De La Garza, with the American Cancer Society, told me, "A prime example is now that we can do the genetic testing for the Bracket 1 and Bracket 2 for the breast cancer. So obviously that genetic testing shows us who is more susceptible to that."
Kim Boothe is a graduate from the University of Texas Health Sciences, Kim has also been battling breast cancer since she was 34. And she says studies like these go a long way to making a difference.
"A study like this is going to encourage women and men alike, to go get involved in this study, find out whether or not they carry this actual tumor marker, and hopefully find the cancer before it's too late," Boothe said.
The thing that you need to understand about these studies is that they actually make a difference. The very first of them was conducted back in the 50s and that was the same one that helped make the cigarette companies put the Surgeon General's Warning on the packs of cigarettes.
With results like that, it just shows that even you can help make a life-saving difference for future generations of cancer patients. And all it takes is a little blood, and a little time.
"I can't even encourage people enough to go out and become a part of this study and save lives for generations," Kim said.
If you want to participate in the Cancer Prevention Study, organizers are looking for volunteers who have not been diagnosed with any type of cancer and are between the ages of 30 and 65 and belong to all ethnicities.
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