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Texomans Take Part in Cancer Prevention Study

Dozens of Texomans took part in the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Prevention Three" study on Wednesday, which is a commitment to stomp out the disease.
Dozens of Texomans took part in the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Prevention Three" study on Wednesday, which is a commitment to stomp out the disease.

American Cancer Society Senior Representative for Community Engagement Regan Nabors says a small blood sample was supposed to be taken from each participant but since the event was rescheduled because of weather, the phlebotomists could not make it.

However, Nabors says the surveys gathered tonight will be beneficial in the long term study.

Nabors says the study will last about 20 to 30 years and will help researchers learn more about this devastating disease.

Survey participants had to be between 30 and 65 years old with no history of cancer.

They answered a quick survey and had their measurements taken.

Nabors says now going forward, participants will receive surveys three or four years to see if any of the information they gave tonight has changed.

"What if they get cancer later on. The researchers will be able to go back and look at their answers that they answered today and see what if it's the medication that they started taking. What if that has a link towards that or they've moved; well then now where ever they're at, maybe there's something that has caused cancer," Nabors says.

In addition, she says 300,000 people to participate in the survey nationwide.

Texomans who took part say they're glad they had the opportunity to help.

Nolan Gann says, "Certainly anything we can do to improve quality of life for people where they can live long and if it were possible someday say we have defeated, eradicated cancer; that would be terrific and say we were part of that here."

In all, Nabors says say 105 Texomans participated in Wednesday's survey.

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