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New Cancer Prevention Study Recruiting Locally

New Cancer Prevention Study Recruiting Locally

By Alex Hagan . CREATED Mar 19, 2013

The American Cancer Society wants you to take part in a new study that starts today. They estimate 11,000 people will die of cancer this year in Wisconsin.

That's why the Cancer Society is trying to find out what causes the disease to prevent more people from losing their lives. The national study will involve 300,000 people and require a 20 to 30 year commitment.

The American Cancer Society has a goal of 1,200 people participating in Northeast Wisconsin alone, but members expect a lot more than that.

Kathi Hansen of Green Bay is a breast cancer survivor. She is taking hormone replacement therapy to prevent a recurrence.

"The important thing is ten years later here i am," says Hansen.

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants in a long term prevention study.

That to me is just wonderful news and I'm so excited that it's coming here to Northeast Wisconsin," she says.

Jenny Knox's husband was diagnosed with colon cancer five years ago.

"It was completely devastating," Knox says.

That's why she is participating in the study trying to find the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause cancer.

"If it can make a difference then that's what's important," she says. 

They estimate there will be more than 31,000 cases this year, but organizers want to reduce that number.

"Hopefully help others celebrate more birthdays to prevent one person from the hearing the words you have cancer," says Jen Thompson of the American Cancer Society.

Cancer Society members expect to get around 2,000 participants in the study.

"I don't think we'll have any trouble reaching that number," Hansen says.

Today was the first day of the enrollment period for Northeast Wisconsin. You have to be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never been diagnosed with cancer to participate. Volunteers must answer follow up surveys every 18 to 24 months.