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New way for you to help fight for a cancer cure in Montgomery

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

If you are fortunate to have never been diagnosed with cancer, there's a new, innovative way you can help in the fight for a cure.

The American Cancer Society is screening residents as part of a 20 year study. There' no monetary commitment and it takes only a little of your time.

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you could help change the course of history in only half an hour.

"It started in the 1950s and some very significant finding have come as a result of this research project," says ACS's government relations director, Ginny Campbell.

The first group of Montgomery participants put pen to paper at Jackson Hospital, dedicating information about their health to the American Cancer Society for the next two decades.

"We look at lifestyles, heredity, all kinds of things that folks go through to see if they can connect those issues to cancer and find out if we can prevent cancer..." Campbell says.

Campbell intimately knows the power of this study. "I'm excited, actually, that I'm going to be somebody that they'll take a really close look at."

It was only three years ago when she gave blood and measurements. Soon she would join millions who've faced a life changing diagnosis. She was diagnosed with cancer following a mammogram.

"They tell us one in three people is affected by cancer," says Steve Barranco. That statistic led him to give a few minutes of his time for the study. "It's a horrible disease. It feels great to be able to help just in any way..." he adds.

If you've ever participated in Relay For Life or a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, this is one of the many things you help to fund. This is the third cancer prevention study in this area. There are four more enrollment sessions in Montgomery, in various locations.

Representatives from the American Cancer Society and host sites will be available for interviews at these locations:

Date:               Wednesday, August 21

Time:               Enrollment begins at 8:00 a.m.

Location:         Alabama Department of Public Health – RSA Tower

Date:               Wednesday, August 21

Time:               Enrollment begins at 1:00 p.m.

Location:         Baptist Medical Center East, Medical Office Building – 2nd Floor Classroom

Date:               Thursday, August 22

Time:               Enrollment begins at 9:00 a.m.

Location:         Baptist Medical Center South Campus, Montgomery Cardiovascular Institute -                         Basement Auditorium

Date:               Thursday, August 22

Time:               Enrollment begins at 3:00 p.m.

Location:         True Divine Baptist Church - Welcome Center

Date:                Friday, August 23

Time:                Enrollment begins at 10:00 a.m.

Location:          City of Montgomery, The Armory - Auditorium

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