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Cancer-Free? The American Cancer Society Wants You

March 13, 2012

BOSTON - In order to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that may prevent or cause cancer, the American Cancer Society is launching its Cancer Prevention Study-3. ACS is looking for 300,000 adult volunteers, ages 30 to 65, from various backgrounds and in every state, and who have never been diagnosed with cancer, to participate, and would like to see a few hundred Bay Staters sign up.

Liddy Hora with the ACS explains what's involved.

"The study is open to anyone who is, first of all, is 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."

Those interested can sign up at the American Cancer Society website, and if chosen, an appointment will be made to have a blood sample drawn.

Hora says volunteers should view this as an opportunity to help eliminate cancer.

"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 I say, 'This is a great opportunity to become involved in the Cancer Prevention Study-3.'"

Hora says this is the third major cancer study undertaken by the Cancer Society. Previous results have been used for decades to help health professionals develop guidelines for prevention.

Sign up at

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - MA