A highly successful campaign to register Ardmore area residents for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 came to a conclusion Friday. Kelly Murphy Fryer, American Cancer Society, said 108 showed up for enrollment Thursday evening at Mercy Hospital, Ardmore. That number was bolstered by 99 additional people that signed up Friday morning for a total of 207. The totals far exceeded the original goal set for Ardmore. The study is sponsored by the American Cancer Society and is a nationwide event.
"Our original goal was 125 and when we reached that, we moved it to 150," Fryer said. "After that, they stopped giving me a goal so we did what we set up to do."
The study is part of a national effort to determine the effects of cancer and how to prevent it.
"From the previous studies, they have found the link to tobacco and unhealthy body weight with cancer," Fryer said. "Those are the most preventable causes of cancer and they have also studied the link to family history and cancer."
The study was open to people from the ages of 30 to 65 that had never had cancer. The study will take place for as many as 30 years with the volunteers turning in periodic follow-ups. Registration for the study was performed both online as well as on the day of enrollment. A total of 151 signed up for the enrollment Friday night from which 108 showed up.
"We only had one email reminder and there were no phone calls or texts because we have to make sure those that enroll are committed," Fryer said. "I'm pleased with the turnout. The people in the community understand the commitment."
Those enrolling filled out a survey, had their circumference measured in centimeters and had blood drawn. The blood will be frozen and sent to Dallas."
"After today, they become a number," Fryer said. "If they ever test positive for cancer, the blood is unfrozen and they will look at the conditions."
Much like the previous two studies, the current study is expected to benefit future generations as a cure is sought.
"We want to leave better information for future generations," Fryer said.