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Siouxland cancer study looking for volunteers

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More than likely you know someone who's had cancer... a friend, a family member, maybe even you. Now, there's a way you can take action that could one day prevent cancer.

The American Cancer Society has launched a new cancer prevention study. 700 volunteers are needed from Siouxland for a study that will track people over the next 20 years looking at factors like environment, behaviors, even family history.

The June E. Nylen Cancer Center, Mercy Medical Center and Saint Luke's Regional Medical Center, along with media outlets like KTIV, are putting their support behind the project.

According to the CDC, 7.6-million people die from cancer each year. This year, alone, more than 30,000 people in the three Siouxland states will be diagnosed. "These participants will be followed for the next 20 years," said Liddy Hora. Liddy Hora is issuing a challenge to Siouxland: help the American Cancer Society fight cancer. It's a major commitment of years, but one she wants volunteers to join willingly. "We don't want to be arm-twisting or coercing to be in that study, because of that initial cost of enrolling someone and we don't want someone to drop out a couple years later. That's not using the donor money as best as we want," said Hora.

Nationwide, they're hoping for 300,000 to join with about 3,600 coming from Iowa alone. "Our goal here in Siouxland is to enroll 700 individuals and Volunteers in CPS3," said Liddy Hora of the American Cancer Society.

This is the third cancer prevention study of its kind. The first, in 1961, discovered the link between smoking and cancer. The second, in 1982, linked obesity and cancer. This time, the study called CPS-3 will target genetics and a person's environment. Officials say the first meeting is pretty easy. You come down, get your waist measured, and they take seven teaspoons of blood from you. Later, your time commitment doesn't get much bigger

If you averaged out the length of time that you spent per year, it's probably 2 and a half seconds per year over the 20 years, so it'll be just a few times that they'll follow up with you over the next 20 years," said Karen Van De Steeg, executive director for the June E. Nylen Cancer Center.

Woodbury County, for example has a lower rate of cancer than many other counties, but its mortality rate is much higher than the state average. But researchers say, with the help of these studies, they're getting closer every day. "I'm a little bit weary about throwing around that word cure because cancer is a very complex disease, and I don't think there'll ever be a day where we can just pop a pill and we don't get cancer," said Chuck Reed of the American Cancer Society.

But, it's a big step to understanding cancer.

So there's a survey, a blood draw, and follow up down the road. To take part, you need to be between the age of 30 and 65, and never had cancer other than squamous or basal cell skin cancer.

There will be five days in the month of April where people will be able to sign up, and at several different locations below.

Tuesday, April 23

7:00 -11:00 a.m.

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center

(Auxiliary Dining Room)

2720 Stone Park Boulevard

Sioux City, IA 51104

Wednesday, April 24

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Mercy Medical Center

(Leiter Room)

801 5th Street

Sioux City, IA 51101

Thursday, April 25

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Long Lines Family Recreational Center

(3rd Floor Conference Room)

401 Gordon Drive

Sioux City, IA 51102

3:00-7:00 p.m.

June E. Nylen Cancer Center

(2nd Floor Conference Room)

230 Nebraska Street

Sioux City, IA 51102

Friday, April 26

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Long Lines Family Recreational Center

(3rd Floor Conference Room)

401 Gordon Drive

Sioux City, IA 51102

Saturday, April 27

9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

June E. Nylen Cancer Center

(2nd Floor Conference Room)

230 Nebraska Street

Sioux City, IA 51102

Officials say you should pre-register if you're interested in becoming part of the study. For more information, check out the American Cancer Society's website, or call 1-888-604-5888 for more information.

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