How You Can Help Prevent Cancer

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By Josh Ninke

You have the chance to help find answers about what causes cancer in the hopes of someday preventing it.

     
The American Cancer Society is looking for people in our area who have never been diagnosed to take part in a long-term national cancer study. 
 
Montgomery has been challenged to find 500 participants for this study.
 
The American Cancer Society is looking for people between 30 and 65 years old to help out. All you have to do is fill out surveys every few years after giving a small blood sample. This is a great way to help doctors learn more about the disease.
 
"So if you've been diagnosed with cancer you cannot enroll in the trial but obviously those who have had cancer in family, have cared for someone with cancer, this is a beautiful way to give back, to do something. To help and to help those in the future," said Dr. Stephen Davidson, Central Alabama American Cancer Society President.
 
John Crosby is a cancer survivor knows firsthand just how common the disease has become.
 
"And everybody that's been in the sun has a big chance to getting skin cancer. So anything that can be done to help, cancer is such a hard disease," said Crosby. 
 
"It's an issue, a big issue. And I think you need a lot of help," agree Chris Esxford, whose wife and mother were impacted by the disease.
 
Studies like this have already led to big discoveries. Doctors are hoping that their goal of 300,000 participants nationwide will lead to even more.
 
"One of the earlier cancer prevention studies that the American Cancer Society did provided the bulk of the data that proved the link between smoking and lung cancer. So those are the kind of big impact, large magnitude conclusions that can be made by a trial like this," said Dr. Davidson. 
 
He says that although this study probably won't help us, it can do a lot for future generations.
 
This is only the third major cancer prevention study ever done in the U.S. The last one kicked off in 1982.
 
You can sign up for the study by making an appointment at cp3montgomery.org


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