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National Study on Cancer Treatment
TROY - Its the disease thats affected a majority of us in some way be it a family member, friend of maybe youre facing the battle. Now, a number of local hospitals and the American Cancer Society are teaming up to be part of a nationwide study on cancer prevention and theyre looking for hundreds of volunteers to help.
If youre between the ages of 30-65 and youve never been diagnosed with cancer in the past, you may be eligible to participate. You dont get anything financially for doing so but the researchers are hoping the thought of being part of something bigger, something that could possibly prevent cancer in the future will be payment enough.
St. Peters Health Partners has been treating cancer patients for years and recently announced that theyve been selected to partner with the American Cancer Society to be part of the study. We don't want you to have to live longer with the disease, we want to prevent the disease in the first place, says Sabrina Mosseau who is the director of the Cancer Treatment Center at Samaritan Hospital.
Shes looking for 800 men and women locally between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer before to enroll. All you have to do is show up at either St. Peters Hospital on December 4th or Samaritan Hospital on December 6th. Youll provide some medical history, get a physical, have your blood taken and your waste measured and then youll be on your way. After that, the American Cancer Society will check in with you via mail or email once every few years for the next 20-30 years.
Theyll be looking to see what types of things, what factors contributed to people either not getting cancer or people getting cancer, says Normal Dascher, the CEO of Samaritan hospital. Its information that hopefully can be used to prevent cancer in the future. You look at 1 in 2 American men having a risk factor for developing cancer over a lifetime, you look at 1 in 3 women having that risk in developing cancer, what an amazing thing to be able to take your time, not your money, not anything else but your time to be able to prevent that from happening to your grandchildren, or great grandchildren, we hope that's what brings people to the table, Mosseau adds.