Woman from rural parts of Indiana and Ohio, including Kosciusko County, are being sought to participate in a study on cancer intervention.

Kosciusko is one of 48 counties in Indiana targeted for the study. Other nearby counties include Marshall, Fulton and Wabash.

The study seeks to find better ways to help women get the breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening tests they need,  according to a news release from the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center.

The study, called the RISE (Rural Interventions for Screening Effectiveness) Project, encourages women to take charge of their health to promote earlier detection and fewer fatalities from breast, cervical or colon cancer.

The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Researchers say it is important to determine the barriers that prevent women from getting cancer screenings and find ways to encourage every woman to get these routine tests.

Women who are between the ages of 50 and 74 and live in one of the listed counties are eligible to participate.

Most women who are selected to join the study will be asked to devote less than one hour over a one-year period. Participants will be asked to complete phone interviews and mailed paper surveys, and they may be asked to review study materials.

Women who complete the study will receive a gift card.

Women who are interested in participating or who have questions can contact Cathy Tatum at 877-304-2273, option 1.

Additional information about the study can be found on the Hoosier Women for Healthy Indiana’s Facebook page; search for “Hoosier Women for Healthy Indiana.”