Search Is On For Participants In New Cancer Study

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File photo of an American Cancer Society table at a health fair in New York.  (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

File photo of an American Cancer Society table at a health fair in New York. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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TAR HEEL, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Have you read articles about new studies and wondered where they find participants? Now is your chance to not only find out, but to take part in a study as well.

The American Cancer Society is looking for participants in a new study that will examine lifestyles of the people who take part, in hopes of determining environmental causes of cancer.

The study will take place sometime in March and will only require approximately 30 minutes of a participant’s time, according to Rachel Urban, senior community manager South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society, and Meredith Bounds, community manager of the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society.

Urban told the Bladen Journal that there have been two other similar cancer studies performed in the past.

“From those we learned about the link between cancer and smoking,” she added to the Journal. “Now our researchers really think they can close the gap by finding out the lifestyle and environment as well as genetic factors that cause cancer.”

Their goal for is to find 300,000 willing people throughout the nation, as well as 300 people  residing locally in Bladen County. And researchers are optimistic they will reach those goals, given the reportedly minimal demands of being involved.

“It is free … there is nothing folks have to buy,” Bounds noted. “This is a big ‘Relay for Life’ community – this opportunity is something to be very proud of.”

Only those with a fear of needles may have a problem – Bounds noted that there will be a one-time blood draw. After that, and taking of some measurements and answering of some questions in person, the participants will simply answer questionnaires via email.

“To be eligible for the study, you have to be between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never had a cancer diagnosis,” Urban added to the Journal.

Interested parties can visit the study’s website or call (888) 604-5888 to register.

 

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