A new study hopes to change the way cancer is diagnosed and treated and the Inland Northwest could end up playing a major role.
Mary Philips beat the cancer she was diagnosed with four years ago, but she's not done fighting.
"I had surgery on the 19th of December, I started chemo in January, it was six months of chemo," she said.
Philips believes there is a cure out there, and needs the community's help. All it takes is a stop at your local YMCA, giving a blood sample and answering a few questions. Philips is involved with the American Cancer Society and phase three of its Cancer Prevention Study needs volunteers for that groundbreaking work.
"So many of us have lost somebody to cancer and I know there is a cure out there, I really do, but we have to do the research to get there," Philips said.
If you're between 30 and 65 years old and haven't been diagnosed with cancer Philips urges you to donate 20 minutes of your time to time which could help find a cure.
"We want to encourage them through chemo, we want to be there for them, we want to take meals to people who are sick and have family and can't fix it themselves, we want to offer to go vacuum for somebody but more importantly, more important, is to volunteer to do this research," she said.