Cancer Society to hold study in Natchez

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The American Cancer Society will be conducting a study in Natchez this week to investigate causes of cancer.

The Natchez Democrat (http://bit.ly/14d0E0g ) reports that this is the third such study by the organization. The first, launched in 1952, directly linked cigarette smoking to cancer.

The second study began in 1982 and is ongoing, but focuses on finding links between lifestyle choices and cancer. The third study will also examine lifestyle choices.

The study begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel. St. Mary Basilica will also host a portion of the study, beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday.

Requirements to participate include: being between 30 and 65 years old; never diagnosed with cancer; being willing to complete a survey every couple years.

Currently 110 people have signed up to participate in Natchez, but event co-chair Bennie Boone said she is looking for at least 200 participants.

“I think people would be hard-pressed to find someone in their circle of acquaintances that hasn’t been affected in some way by cancer,” Boone said. “We are happy where we are currently at, but we don’t want to stop at 110.”

She said the American Cancer Society expects at least 500 people to participate in the South West Mississippi Region.

Those interested can sign up by going to cps3.southwestms.org. Online signups require participants to fill out a survey, provide basic measurements — such as height and weight — and schedule an appointment time.

Boone said walk-ins are also welcome, but are still required to fill out the initial survey.

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Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/

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