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Cancer study seeks 200 participants

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TRH participating in national study by American Cancer Society

By Calen McKinney

 

They are hoping that at least 200 people will participate.

And with more than a month left to sign up and more than 100 already registered, officials say they are confident that they will surpass the 200 mark.

Taylor Regional Hospital is participating in a study by the American Cancer Society to better understand what causes cancer.

The American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study is a national research study with the goal to help better understand the factors that cause cancer.

Men and women ages 29 and a half to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer can participate in the study. A kickoff meeting to discuss the study was Thursday at Taylor Regional Hospital.

Dr. Robert Romines, chair of the TRH research committee, said the ACS hopes to have about 300,000 people participate in the study.

He said the results could find a link to what causes cancer, which could help people adjust their lifestyle in an attempt to prevent having the disease.

“Cancer will take the life of one Kentuckian while we sit here today,” he said. “Cancer touches us all.”

Romines said participating in the study is free and only requires that a person sacrifice some of their time.

“That sacrifice may save someone’s life down the road,” he said.

Ellen Schroeder of the ACS said this is the society’s fourth study. She said it is the largest research study being done in the United States.

Those who want to participate in the study must complete a questionnaire and make an appointment to register.

Registration will be at TRH’s meeting room on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 2 to 7:30 p.m. or Thursday, Aug. 16, from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Appointments can be scheduled online at www.trhosp.org by clicking “Cancer Prevention Study.”

To enroll in the study, participants will be asked to sign a consent form, complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavior and other health factors, have their waist measured and give a small blood sample.

Participants will receive surveys in the mail every two to three years to measure their progress.

Schroeder said those who have had skin cancer are eligible to participate. The initial survey participants will complete takes about 45 minutes. The appointment at TRH will take about 20 minutes.

She said those scheduling appointments at TRH don’t have to be from Campbellsville or even Kentucky, as the survey is a nationwide project. All information will be kept confidential, she said, and participation is voluntary.

A link to more information about the survey is available online at www.trhosp.org.