Cancer prevention study in Ardmore wraps up

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ARDMORE, OK - To study volunteers like Kelly Murphy Fryer, who lost her mom and dad to the disease, this study is the chance to save lives.

"This to me was the perfect month to hold this enrollment in memory of my parents," said Fryer.

All 207 people who signed up agreed to answer surveys every year for the next twenty to thirty years to gather information like sleeping, eating and exercise habits and medication regimens.

Fryer hopes that information can help researchers to one day find a cure.

"If you're ever diagnosed, or if you're not diagnosed, they will take that sample and their going to be looking with the database and the commonalities trying to figure out what caused your cancer so they can develop chemotherapies and radiation to treat it," Fryer said.

Each participant who checked in Friday morning for Cancer Prevention Study 3 filled out a survey, had their circumference measured and gave a blood sample.

It's a 20 minute process worth the time to participants if it means learning more about cancer.

"My mom has had cancer, my dad has had prostate cancer, we just need to find a cure," said study participant Jessica Pfau. "And if there's anything that I can do to help, I want to make that happen."

For the participants the cause is worth committing for the long haul.

"I think it's an amazing thing to be a part of a long time study like this," said Pfau. "I'm honored to be a part of it."

Fryer said researchers could start coming out with new information about cancer in the next several years.

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