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Furthering Cancer Research: Long-Term Survey Could Help

Posted at: 02/11/2013 10:33 PM
Updated at: 02/11/2013 10:53 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe

How you can participate in this study

The fight against cancer has come a long way in recent years. Expansions in research and technology have furthered the cause. Now, there's a push to continue that locally.

On Monday night, Superior Mayor Bruce Hagen hosted a community meeting about an ongoing cancer prevention study. The fourth-generation study is sponsored by the American Cancer Society, called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

The American Cancer Society is recruiting 300,000 people nationally to sign up for the study, which comes in the form of a survey every two-to-three years.

Marjorie Johnson, Community Partnership Specialist with the American Cancer Society, said this specific study has brought about legislative changes on smoking, and increased knowledge and technology about cancer in general.

"The reason we know that keeping a good weight, getting good diet and exercise is because of these studies. We know that aspirin can reduce your risk for colon cancer because of these studies," Johnson said.

Johnson said the data from these long-term surveys will also help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which ultimately saves lives.

"Think about what we can learn five, 10, 15 years down the road," Johnson said.

The American Cancer Society said the study is open to anyone who:

To make an appointment, click here.