Cancer Survivor Encourages Minnesotans to Take Part in Study
Cancer is the number-one killer of Minnesotans.
But, researchers are hoping to better understand factors that can cause cancer with a study.
Ellie Beaver survived cancer. She was diagnosed with a form of pediatric kidney cancer at age five. She's been cancer-free for about three decades now, but that doesn't mean she's stopped battling the disease.
"I know how hard it is. I know how devastating it can be for both the patient and their family."
She now hopes to beat cancer by encouraging Minnesotans to take part in an American Cancer Society study. It's called Cancer Prevention Study 3.
"People today take for granted the link between smoking and cancer, and they don't realize it took us 188,000 volunteers filling out paper surveys in the 1950's to prove that," said Matt Flory with the American Cancer Society.
Flory is also a participant in the study. That means he completed a survey and provided his waist size and a small blood sample. He's also agreed to take periodic follow-up surveys for the next twenty to thirty years.
Beaver hopes more people follow Flory's lead. She's already convinced two dozen people to sign-up for the study.
She says, "This is my one way of paying it forward and making sure that other people are able to find the answer to cancer."