Two Professors Commit to Cancer Prevention Research
Duluth - The fight against cancer has been a long battle, and two professors at the University of Minnesota Duluth are making efforts to help the battle.
Bjoern Bauer and his Anika Hartz joined the American Cancer Association's 'Cancer Prevention Study 3,' (CPS-3).
This longtitude research study is looking specifically at people and their everyday lives. The hope of the study is that researches will be able to hone in on genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors in a person's everyday life that can cause cancer.
"Everybody if affected by cancer," said Bauer, a Pharmacy Assistant Professor at UMD. "Everybody knows someone with cancer and so everyone should be out there and try to fight cancer."
The study is expected to last for the next 20 to 30 years.
During that time Bauer and Hartz will be taking surveys, and collecting data of their personal lives for researchers.
"This is something that can have potentially a big impact not just on you as an individual, but on your community, and your state, and the Twim Ports area, and create a healthier, hopefully cancer free future," Bauer said.
The couple, like the researchers, hope this indepth study will finally bring answers to the disease.
"The truth is, it's a very complex disease," said Hartz, who is also a Pharamacy Assistant Professor at UMD. "However, we're still far from curing cancer. We're still in the battle with cancer, we're still fighting. We are not there yet."
Both Bauer and Hartz have lost family memebers to cancer, and understand that the issue hits close to home for many people.
"My hope is for this study to get out a prevention for cancer," said Hartz. "Maybe some insights where some families are effected more than others. And hopefully have something that prevents my kids from getting cancer."
For now, any little bit the couple can to do help is enought for them, and they encourage others to join in the fight.
"If something, just a little bit we could contribute to help progress the fight on cancer, that that would be something, for us would mean something," Bauer said.