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300,000 Adults Sought for Cancer Study

March 7, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - To better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is launching its Cancer Prevention Study-3, of men and women between ages 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.

Nationwide, ACS is looking for 300,000 adult volunteers from various backgrounds to participate. The goal is 1,000 volunteers in the Des Moines area, and 2,600 statewide. Liddy Hora with the Iowa chapter of the American Cancer Society says those who sign up have to be prepared to stick with the study for the long haul.

"The study is open to anyone who is, first of all, willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home for the next 20 to 30 years."

Enrollment requires two steps, explains Hora: Signing up and completing an initial survey, then scheduling an appointment and providing a blood sample. She adds volunteers need to look at this as an opportunity to help eliminate cancer as a major health problem.

"A lot of people have come to me and said, 'You know, I'm a caregiver. What can I do to help support my loved one who is dealing with cancer?' And I look at them and say, 'This is a great opportunity, to become involved in the Cancer Prevention Study-3.'"

Hora says "CPS Three," as it's called, is the third major study of cancer undertaken by the American Cancer Society since its inception in 1913. The last study's results are still being used by health professionals today. Get more information or sign up online, at www.cancer.org/cps3.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA