Cancer Study Seeks Prevention

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The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program began phase 3 of it cancer prevention study Friday at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan. It's the same study which linked back to the original 1950's correlation between smoking and lung cancer.

Researchers selected slots and 132 participants in the Brazos Valley had their blood tested and were screened. Once enrolled, they will be followed for 20-30 years. Participants between the ages of 30-65 with no history of cancer were eligible.

In this phase, researchers aim to study patient's dietary patterns, physical activity, sleeping patterns and alcohol intake.

The second phase of this study concluded breast cancer can be decreased 20 percent just by walking. Organizers said they were looking forward to the results of the third phase and were encouraged by the local turnout.

“Just to see the outreach today of so many people from our community coming to take part in this nationwide study really says a lot,” said Misti Chapman, St. Joseph cancer manager.

The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the country to manipulate variables which will lead to future cancer prevention.

Misti Champman, St. Joseph cancer manager