Chances are you or someone you know has battled cancer. In fact, cancer is the number one killer in South Dakota.
Now the American Cancer Society plans to study how lifestyle, genetics, and the environment affect cancer and South Dakotans can take part.
Nancy Beaumont didn't think twice about enrolling in the American Cancer Society's latest cancer prevention study because she knows many people impacted by the disease.
And for Beaumont the first step to taking part in CPS-3 is just a click away, on the study's website. You simply enroll in the study there.
"I can make time for this because this is something that's really instrumental to all of us," Beaumont said.
Once enrolled, you'll have to fill out a few forms and surveys, along with get your weight checked and provide a blood sample. After that, you'll have to fill out follow-up questionnaires every three years for 20 to 30 years.
"In South Dakota we'll have over 4400 cases diagnosed this year, so we have an opportunity to save thousands of people from that diagnosis," South Dakota American Cancer Society's Director of Health Partnerships Denise Kolba said.
The study looks into things like environment, lifestyle and genetics that may cause cancer.
"Today one in three women and one in two men will be diagnosed with cancer, but what about tomorrow?,” Kolba said. “This study gives us an incredible view into what causes cancer, what doesn't cause cancer, and what people can do to decrease their risk."
Even though 52-year-old Beaumont says she might not be around until the end of the study, she says it will be time well spent.
"I am concerned about future generations because I think there's so much more we need to know as we can see some of these cancers tick upward," Beaumont said.
The American Cancer Society wants to have 2,000 participants in South Dakota. To take part, you must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and have no past diagnosis of cancer. All the information you provide is confidential.
To enroll, visit the American Cancer Society’s website.