National cancer study taps Spokane


by Breanna Roy &

Posted on September 18, 2013 at 6:13 AM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 18 at 6:16 AM

SPOKANE – The American Cancer Society has been researching people and their lifestyles for years  to look for links to cancer, but this is the first time it has taken people from our area into consideration

This week, they hope to get more than 800 people from the Inland Northwest to enroll in the Cancer Prevention Study.

It’s a long-range study that starts with a survey and a blood draw. From then on, participants complete surveys from home. By tracking these people over several years, the American Cancer Society hopes it will be able to track environmental factors that can lead to cancer.

Those participating said it’s a commitment to the future, and many, like Spokane resident Vicki Nicodemus, had personal reasons for doing it.

“I thought it would be cool to be in a national study,” Nicodemus said. “And my mom and dad both died of cancer.”

American Cancer Society executive director Hugh Severs said it’s a historic opportunity that might not come our way again from another 20-30 years.

“Certainly if you want to be a part of solving the cancer puzzle for our next generation, then you ought to enroll,” Severs said.

Participants must be between ages 30-65 and never had cancer before.

There are plenty more opportunities to enroll in the Spokane area:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18: North Spokane YMCA, 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 19, Central YMCA, 1:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Sept. 20, Spokane Valley YMCA, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept. 21, Spokane Valley YMCA, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.