Free Cancer Prevention Study

by Erika Brooks on September 7, 2012 at 6:28 am

A study is helping to create a world with less cancer.

The Muskingum County Area of the American Cancer Society is hosting Cancer Prevention Study Three. The study is looking to enroll individuals between the ages of thirty and sixty-five who have never been diagnosed with cancer. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the factors that cause cancer to better eliminate it as a major health problem.

"It’s all about the prevention, we’re looking at the DNA, we’re looking at the genetics and maybe what is causing cancer to help prevent it on that end," said Muskingum County Health Initiatives Representative, Bonnie Burns.

The free and confidential study requires an individual to fill out a survey and have blood drawn. After that a survey is sent every two years for the next twenty to thirty years for them to fill out and send back in. A majority of the individuals who are participating have been affected by cancer.

"You always look for a way to give back to try to help and when this survey was shared with us I thought, ‘oh this is my chance to really give back’ and really help families in the future never have to hear those words, you have cancer, so that’s my motivation," said Tina Smythe, study participant.

The study continues Saturday at the Field House from eight until noon. Walk-ins are welcome.