American Cancer Society invites nearly 500 participants to unlock the mystery of cancer

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The American Cancer Society in Lufkin will host a cancer prevention study tomorrow that they hope will help them unlock the mystery of cancer.

Starting at 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, nearly 500 residents from the Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties are invited to participate in the study that will be at Memorial Health System of East Texas.

Participants must be 30 to 65 years of age and have never been diagnosed with cancer. Those participants will then continue to be surveyed for 20 years. Daisy Drinkard, an account representative of hospital systems, says the Cancer Prevention Study-3 is for people who are willing to make a life-long commitment to finding a cure.

"This cancer prevention study is a study that will allow us to gain information to help us ultimately find the end to cancer," Drinkard said.

Participants can schedule an appointment at and will be expected to complete a survey, have their waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor's visit), Drinkard said.

Those participants will be expected to continue follow-up surveys at home every two to three years for more than 20 years.

"We're looking for people who have never been diagnosed with cancer and within 20 years, if they are diagnosed with cancer it will help us determine what are the similarities. You know, what causes cancer. Perhaps, maybe the environment, the age, the gender and healthy habits," Drinkard said.

There will be another Cancer Prevention study on Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the C.L. Simon Recreation Center on 112 North St. in Nacogdoches. If you miss both dates, there will be another study on October 17 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lufkin Convention Center, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lufkin Industries, and on October 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lufkin First Assembly of God.

Memorial Health System of East Texas is located at 1201 Frank St. in Lufkin.

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