UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:34pm
BRAZOS COUNTY, Tx (KYLE) — Every year more than one million people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer.
Geanie Bassett, a 12-year breast cancer survivor, knows all too well what it's like.
"When the doctor told me, I mean he was a friend, the surgeon was a friend, and he told me it was [cancer] it just like, the air is sucked out of your body and you're just kind of staring," Bassett tells us.
Fortunately early detection and surgery saved her life.
Now, Bassett does everything she can to give back so she's asking you to sign up for the American Cancer Society's "Cancer Prevention Study-3" or CPS-3.
"Think of the strides that have been made because of studies like this and the research that has come out of these studies," said Bassett.
The CPS-3 will study more than 300,000 men and women between the ages of 30-65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer over the next 20-30 years through periodic follow-up surveys.
When Raymond Wood found out Brazos Valley residents were being asked to enroll, he jumped at the chance.
"Both of my parents died from cancer," Wood said. "My chances are pretty good but so far I haven't gotten cancer and you never know what the future holds so if I can help do my part by participating, then that's what I'm going to do."
Ginger Lundell has volunteered with the American Cancer Society for the past five years. She also signed up.
"I have a best friend and co-worker going through it and I'm constantly asking them what I can do to help so this is my way to give back to them," Lundell tells us.
Something Bassett says is a selfless act, "To me, everyone that signs up is my hero."
If you missed Tuesday's enrollment you still have one more opportunity in October to participate.
Another enrollment will be held at St. Joseph Hospital in Bryan on October 17 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
To sign up, click here . Or call: (888)-604-5888.