While the treatments and technologies that battle cancer have come a long way over the years, some things are still the same, one being the initial doomsday reaction to a diagnosis.
"That's what everybody thinks when they hear cancer, it's an automatic death sentence," said Annie Walls.
Her ovarian and uterine may have been linked to a drug that her mother took to prevent miscarriages that was later shown to cause cancer. But most folks never get the answer as to why? Enter the American Cancer Society, Cancer Prevention Study-3, a nationwide study seeking 1,120 Oklahomans to help crack the causality question.
"Oh it's so important, it's so important, because people don't have to suffer like I did, because I suffered," said Annie.
Participants will be followed for 20 years with researchers hoping to get a better understanding of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
"I'm doing wonderfully, I'm cancer free, thank God I've been cancer free for so many years," she said.
Researchers are looking for folks who have never been diagnosed with cancer. Enrollment in Tulsa isn't until September 9-16, but follow the link to the right to sign up for an appointment once the enrollment dates roll around.