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Breakthrough cancer study needs participants from Shreveport-Bossier

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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -

An American Cancer Society study is coming to the Ark-La-Tex. It's giving locals a chance to help unlock the mysteries of the illness. They are looking for 500 people in the Sheveport-Bossier area to participate and join the renewed hope to find a cure with this new study. 

Bossier City native Catherine Wright is all too familiar with the word cancer. She lost both her parents to the disease and in 2004 she got her own unpleasant news: She had breast cancer. "I was diagnosed with it and went through treatment," said Wright, now she is volunteering with the American Cancer Society to help promote a new cancer prevention study. "I'm asking people to join the study so that no other family, has to deal with this devastating disease like my family has dealt with it," she said.

Sheena Robertson of the American Cancer Society says the nationwide study on its way to Shreveport-Bossier will follow the lifestyles of 300,000 people in 35 states. "Ultimately, anyone who enrolls in this study, is going to be taking a direct action to help us find a cure for cancer, if not for this generation, for future generations," she said.

This is the third study of it's kind led by the American Cancer Society. The first two from the 1950's and the 1980's led to groundbreaking discoveries, proving the link between different factors like tobacco and cancer, and obesity and cancer.

"We're really excited to see what this study will be able to find," said Robertson. Men and women ages 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer can enroll. "You're going to fill out a small survey, you're going to have your waist measured, you're going to give a small sample of blood," said Robertson. After that initial enrollment participants will be asked to fill out a lifestyle survey once every two to three years for roughly the next 20 years. "We can find a cure for it, but we need the support of the community," said Robertson. 

If you qualify and are interested, click here to schedule an appointment. The American Cancer Society will hold enrollment sessions at four Shreveport locations starting July 23 through the 27th.  

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