STATELINE (WIFR) -- Many of us have had a loved one who’s battled cancer. Now during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, researchers need our help to save more lives.
"Many close friends and family who have had cancer...some of them have survived, some of them haven't."
It's been a tough couple of years for Judy Webster, especially after her brother was diagnosed with cancer.
“It was kind of a shock for us all, because he's the youngest of us all to learn that he had cancer. Kind of hard on my mom."
Webster’s brother is now cancer free. She says hopes to help save more lives, by enrolling in a new national prevention study by the American Cancer Society. Organizers will use blood samples and a survey to track people's lifestyles and habits for the next 20 years.
"We're asking people to give up a little bit of their time and their information to see who develops cancer and who does not so we can start making some theories,” said Kelli Evans with the American Cancer Society.
The goal is to figure out what factors cause or prevent cancer by studying people between the ages of 30-65 years old who've never been diagnosed with the disease
“So along the way we can start figuring out ways to keep more people from hearing the words you have cancer,” Evans said.
Webster says she hopes this will allow doctors to diagnose patients sooner and help save families from a life-changing disease.
Enrollment for the study ends October 18th and there are several locations to sign up. You can find a complete list of them by clicking here.