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National cancer study to include 200 locals

By Kristy MacKaben, Altoona Mirror

1289 days ago   Article ID# 966953
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American Cancer Society

ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA (Altoona Mirror) - If you never thought you could have a hand in preventing cancer, think again.

About 200 Blair County residents are being sought to participate in an American Cancer Society cancer prevention study, which will involve about a half million adults nationwide.

Adults must be between 30 and 65 with no prior history of cancer. Registration will be conducted June 10 during the Relay for Life of Central Blair event.

"We're really, really proud this study is in our area," said Deb Greene, chairwoman.

Relay for Life of Central Blair is one of 100 events chosen throughout the country to enroll participants in the study.

Greene said the Blair County event, which started 15 years ago, was chosen because of its high participation.

"Relay for Life participants are really passionate about finding a cure and preventing cancer," she added.

The new cancer prevention study, the third in a series, will look at the lifestyles, genetics and environment of participants over a 20- to 30-year period.

The first study, conducted in the 1950s, found a link between smoking and lung cancer. The second, in the 1980s, discovered a link between obesity and cancer. By following people over two to three decades, researchers can glean information and make connections between lifestyle choices and family history and how certain types of cancer can be prevented.

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Updated 1289 days ago   Article ID# 966953

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