Cancer study urges enrollment, aims to increase prevention

Area residents are encouraged to participate in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3, a nationwide study being conducted in St. Marys on Sept. 11 and 12 at the Sacred Heart Parish Center on Center Street."This is the first time a national study has ever come to Elk County, that's why we'd like to take full advantage of it. With the high rate of cancer in the Elk County area, this is something we should grasp here as a county and see if there are some indicators that the ACS can use to help fight cancer and prevent it," said Shane Launer, health initiatives representative of the ACS' East Central Division, Inc. based in Bradford.The goal of the study is that the research today may lead to a cancer-free tomorrow by helping researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives and ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health concern.In order to be eligible to participate in the study, volunteers must be between 30 and 65 years old, never been diagnosed with cancer and willing to make a commitment to participate in a 20-year study by completing periodic follow-up surveys at home.Volunteers may sign up the day before the study; however, appointment time slots scheduled every 30 minutes are quickly filling up. The study is taking place from noon-6 p.m. on Sept. 11 and 7 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 12. Enrollment may be done online at or calling 1-888-604-5888. Additional information about the study may be obtained online at