An American Cancer Society study is giving people in Central Indiana the chance to make a difference in the fight against cancer.
The long-term study is the third of its kind and aims to find causes, treatments and cures for cancer.
The most recent study of this kind found that an aspirin regimen can decrease the risks of colon cancer. The first Cancer Prevention Study found the link between tobacco and lung cancer and led to the Surgeon General’s warning about the health risks of smoking.
“We’ve been able to find drugs that diminish suffering for cancer patients and we’re going to hopefully be able to find a cure,” said Katie Crawford, a Cancer Prevention Studies Specialist with The American Cancer Society.
For the third Cancer Prevention Study, The American Cancer Society is partnering with the Little Red Door Cancer Agency in Indianapolis. The agency helps cancer patients and their families through financial, physical and emotional support.
“We’ll take the information that comes from a study like this and make our programming fit that so that we can help more people with cancer,” said Fred Duncan, Director and CEO of Little Red Door.
People interested in participating in the new study can sign up online for an appointment at Little Red Door and other area locations. Participants will fill out an online survey and then at their enrollment appointment they’ll give a blood sample, some measurements and fill out a questionnaire about genetics, behavior and lifestyle.
Erin Hedges is already enrolled in the study. She signed up after her sister-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“I believe that at some point in our lives all of us will be affected by cancer, whether it’s ourselves or someone we love and it’s an issue that we all should care about,” Hedges said.
Representatives from The American Cancer Society will check back in with participants every two to three years throughout the duration of the study.