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Marylanders Needed for Cancer Study

March 14, 2012

LEONARDTOWN, Md. - The American Cancer Society is looking for men and women from ages 30 to 65 who never have been diagnosed with cancer to help out with a historic study.

"Cancer Prevention Study-3" is being launched to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that may prevent or cause cancer.

The Cancer Society wants 300,000 adult volunteers from various backgrounds to participate, says spokeswoman Liddy Hora, and would like to see a few hundred Marylanders sign up.

"The study is open to anyone who 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."

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.' "

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

Those interested can sign up at the American Cancer Society website, cancer.org/cps3, or go to the open enrollment scheduled during Leonardtown's Relay for Life of St. Mary's in June. If a volunteer is chosen, an appointment will be made to have a blood sample drawn.

Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - MD