ANDERSON -- Jayna Jones said she is not participating in a cancer research project for herself -- she is doing it for her children.
“If they can figure out what causes cancer, environmentally or genetically, and I can help them get closer to finding a cure it will be beneficial for them,” said Jones, 41, of Anderson.
The American Cancer Society is conducting a national study of more than 300,000 people and there is an opportunity for 148 Madison County residents to participate.
Jones, who is a manager for the Cancer Center at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, said part of her motivation to participate stems from her father’s diagnosis of cancer in 2011.
“I have had a few family members who smoked and had lung cancer, but my dad’s cancer was one of the ones that was out of the blue,” Jones said.
Mark Jones, 69, of Anderson, said his daughter played an important role during his cancer treatments and he is glad she has decided to participate in the study.
“That’s what we all do, we are all looking to take care of our kids and grandchildren and make sure things are good for them,” he said. “Anything we can help with doing that is what we should be doing.”
This is the third national Cancer Prevention Study of its kind and the last enrollment site will be for New York residents on Dec. 7.
About 92 people from Madison County have already signed up for the program.
“There are no incentives to be a part of the study, other than the one in your heart,” said Laura Market, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society Inc. “People will just be helping to find links between cancer and lifestyles.”
The study is open to individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer. Participants will be monitored through the study by surveys for the next 20 to 30 years.