National cancer study comes to Ardmore

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - Kelly Murphy Fryer has worked for a year to bring The Cancer Prevention Study to Ardmore, and said it has one main objective.

"Prevent it," said Fryer. "In the long run, that's the ultimate goal is to prevent it."

Fryer's parents both died from cancer, which is why she's standing up to the disease.

"I can't just allow these things to happen in my life and not ask questions, 'what can we do to make this change?'"

Adults between 30 and 65 years of age who've never had cancer can help make that difference by enrolling in the study. Every two years for at least 20 years participants will be asked to fill out surveys about their lifestyle, including sleeping, eating and exercise habits.

"They're looking for commonality of what's causing the cancer, also what's preventing it as well," Fryer said.

Lori Linney has already enrolled and can't wait to get started in the process.

"If anyone can prevent just one person from getting cancer I think that this study is just an opportunity to be able to do that," said Linney.

So far 118 participants in Ardmore have signed up. Their goal is 150. Participants must schedule an enrollment appointment at Mercy Hospital on October 24 between 4 and 7:30 p.m., or the 25th between 7 and 10:30 a.m. where they'll go through an interview, blood sample and waist measurement.

Linney said the work is worth it to create a cancer-free future.

"To prevent my children, my grandchildren, anyone, if I could take that chance and have that opportunity I thought it would be wonderful," Linney said.

Fryer said they're hoping to have all appointments made by October 8th, and you can start that process by going to www.cancerstudyok.org.


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