Cancer Prevention Study Needs the Community Participants

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MASON CITY, IA – The American Cancer Society is looking for your help.

They are looking for volunteers to take part in a national study meant to save lives.

Representatives from the community gathered today with one goal in mind, to help the American Cancer Society change lives.

One in five women and one in two men will be affected by cancer, and like the speakers shared today, it has an impact on many more lives.

“The goal is to primarily figure out what causes cancer and what prevents cancer and ultimately save lives,” says Liddy Hora with the American Cancer Society.

Mason City is just one of many communities that will be part of this nationwide study

The goal is to get 300,000 adults to sign up and both men and women can take part.

This is the third nationwide study; the first two have been extremely successful when it comes to getting answers.

“Through those studies through the American Cancer Society, we have found some profound information that has helped save lives primarily one of them was the direct impact of tobacco in lung cancer,” adds Hora.

The study follows participants for about 20-30 years and has them answer a few questionnaires throughout their lives, and it costs nothing to participate.

“On a personal note, I plan on signing up to be in the study, I certainly see the value in doing this an on a personal level there’s not a lot of investment in it they’re going to take a little blood, I’m going to answer some questionnaires so I’m excited to be a part,” says Teresa Symens.

If you’re interested in being a part of the study, here’s what you can do.

Register and make an enrollment appointment at

You can make appointments at three different locations.

– The Mason City Public Library on September 19th

– Mercy’s Cancer Center on September 20th

– or at the YMCA on September 21st

“It is huge for our community to figure out what is causing cancer how it’s affecting our community and how we do we get rid of this thing, it’s a major health issue for our area,” says Liz Conley with the YMCA.

You can also register on-site if you’re not too computer savvy.

The goal for the Mason City area is to get 250 participants.

You normally don’t see a study of this magnitude taking place in a smaller community like Mason City … but the American Cancer Society says they pushed for the location, because of the mercy cancer center, and the drive the community has shown for projects like this.



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