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American Cancer Society in Yakima For Cancer Study

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- This week in Yakima you have a chance to be part of the cure.

The American Cancer Society is in town to collect information that will help advance cancer research and treatment.

"It's very interesting to kind of follow, and it's a way to help cancer without giving money and having to work really hard to do it," said Volunteer Coordinator, Mary Fishback.

This study will give scientists and doctors a better understanding of what causes cancer.

The study has already uncovered some great findings.

"The first one found the link between smoking and cancer.  The second one found the link between obesity and some cancer," Fishback said.

And it is easy to participate. You can either register online, or just walk in.

"They fill out some information, take a waist measurement and then give out a small sample of blood that will be part of the cancer research study," Fishback said.

And once you are in the research database, you are in for a while.

"The idea is that these people are going to be followed for 20 years as part of the research," Fishback told us.

The turnout so far is not what volunteers expected, but they said it has been heartwarming to see people take part.

"We have had lots of people who had family members who either passed away due to cancer or are survivors of cancer, and they want to make sure they get the most study the can and possibly cure cancer in our lifetime," said volunteer, Corinne Thompson.

You still have a chance to be part of the study. On Thursday, volunteers will be at Shields Bag and Printing on Rock Avenue from 3:00 to 6:30 in the afternoon.