Cancer Society 20-year study aims to eradicate cancer

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Often people who have loved ones battling cancer feel like they are not able to do enough. The American Cancer Society is conducting a study that could help fight against the disease, and is looking for participants.

"This study is not really about early detection it's not about developing new treatments. It's really about prevention," Ashley Cashon said. "We hope to learn from study is what causes cancer different lifestyle risks and behaviors genetic things."

The research study is called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Those who want to join the study must be between the age of 30 and 65 years old, have never been diagnosed with cancer, and be willing to commit for the next 20 to 30 years.

Cashon, who now works for the American Cancer Society, is an 18-year cancer survivor. She knows how vital research can be, and is living proof.

"I had Hodgkin's Lymphoma and I was a senior in high school when I was first diagnosed," she said.

The nationwide study requires 300,000. The American Cancer Society needs 800 people from the tri-county area.

To set up an appointment to participate in the study visit or call toll free 1-888-604-5888.

"It's really a unique way for folks who have lost a loved one to give back to make a difference in their memory or in their honor," Cashon said.