The American Cancer Society says Sioux Falls has set the record for enrollment in the latest cancer prevention study.
According to a news release from the American Cancer Society, last week 1,534 eligible participants enrolled in the Cancer Prevention Study-3. Sioux Falls was originally projected to enroll 750 people and a target goal was set at 1,000.
Because of an overwhelming community response, the ACS was prompted to open more enrollment spots. According to the American Cancer Society, Sioux Falls now leads the nation in CPS-3 enrollment at 1,534.
The ACS seeks to enroll 300,000 people nationally. It is looking for people ages 30 and 65 who have had no prior cancer diagnoses and are willing to give continued support to the study.
Participants in the study fill out periodic surveys over the next 20 years. That data helps researchers better understand the genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Previous American Cancer Society studies (CPS-1 and CPS-2) linked tobacco use and cancer, and obesity with higher cancer death rates.
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