It's one of those topics that people sometimes try to avoid and don't want to talk about. But for a couple of moments, we are going to discuss Cancer. We're going to tell you about a new nationwide study....the third of it's kind...which means to better understand Cancer: why it happens...are some people more susceptible than others...and is there something that can be done to make Cancer a memory.
A Cancer diagnosis can be devastating. It is a disease that claims lives and forever changes others. All you have to do is attend a "Relay For Life" event to see that for yourself.
"I was diagnosed with cancer in late Fall of 2005 and over the course of the next 6 months I underwent 8 chemo treatments for non-Hodgkin lymphoma." Jerry Nachtigal is best known for his work in the community as part of Citibank. What you might not know is Nachtigal is himself a Cancer survivor. Last year, nearly 1-point-6 million new cases of Cancer were diagnosed. One case is one too many.
"What is it that might put you at a higher risk for Cancer or why is it that you don't get Cancer but maybe your neighbor does get Cancer?" Denise Kolba with the American Cancer Society says finding the answers to those important questions is crucial to future Cancer research. Part of that research involves a new study...called "Cancer Prevention Study 3"...it will be conducted nationwide starting next month. "We are looking for 300,000 people across the United States and really looking at them, looking at their lifestyles and trying to figure out what causes Cancer and what doesn't cause Cancer."
The American Cancer Society is backing this study and says they need 2,000 South Dakota volunteers for the study: 1,000 of them need to be from the Sioux Falls area. Jerry Nachtigal is urging his friends to enroll as study participants...hoping that the study leads to information that will prevent others from going through what he has gone through. "Cancer is prevalent in our communities across the country and I think anyone who has the opportunity to help put a dent in the disease, hopefully someday end Cancer in our lifetime, that's a tremendous honor and opportunity for all of us."
Now if you live in Sioux Falls and would like more information on enrolling for this cancer prevention study, you can do one of two things.
You can call the American Cancer Society at 605-323-3540 or you can also go to cps3siouxfalls.org.
To take part in the study, you need to be between 30 and 65 years of age. Have no previous cancer diagnosis and you need to be willing to make a long term commitment to the study by filling out surveys every few years.
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