The American Cancer Society's prevention study kicks off in Carbondale
UPDATE (Wednesday, September 25): Murray-Calloway County Hospital enrolled 251 people for a cancer prevention study during its three-day enrollment period from September 19-21.
Earlier story (from Tuesday, September 17):
CARBONDALE, Ill. - For the first time, southern Illinois residents are able to participate in the American Cancer Society's prevention study.
Previously, only people from Illinois' urban areas have been invited to take part in the survey.
Tuesday in Carbondale, southern Illinois participants filled out a survey and gave blood so researchers can have a better idea of what causes certain types of cancer in the coming decades.
For months Caleb Nehring has been tying together loose ends for the American Cancer Society's prevention survey.
He knows this survey would be nothing without willing participants, but he is partial to one...his mother.
"She was the first person here, obviously she wanted to support me as her son," said Caleb Nehring.
Cindy Nehring filled out her survey, some of the questions more personal than others, so researchers can get an idea of her everyday health habits.
After the participants filled out their survey, they had their waist measured because a lot of health issues are related to the circumference of your waist.
Cindy Nehring took her place in the chair to give blood, just in case she is ever diagnosed later in life.
"I hear that cancer can live in your body for several years before it actually comes out, so hopefully it will help with preventing it from happening," said Cindy Nehring.
Research from this survey will continue for the next 30 years.
"She might not see the articles or publications or the fruits of these labors in her lifetime," said Caleb Nehring.
But her grandchildren may, and Cindy Nehring said that is more than enough reason to participate for her.
You still have an opportunity to participate in the survey.
To find a location near you, click here.