If you've ever wanted to join the fight against cancer, here's your chance. The American Cancer Society is asking for 300,000 volunteers to help in a major cancer prevention study.
"This is our generation's opportunity to contribute to the prevention science," said Riguey King, with the American Cancer Society.
Participants will do a blood test, fill out a survey, and then fill out regular surveys over the course of about 30 years.
Scientist evaluating the information say that small time commitment can help them answer life-and-death questions.
"The information is going to help researchers realize what things we are exposed to in the environment that could increase our risk," said Dr. Parham Jubari with the Health Department.
For Ginell Ampey, participating was an easy choice. She's had friends and family members impacted by cancer.
"It's unbearable to watch them suffer, to go through the pain, to go through treatments, or even to die.," said Ampey. "You know, the pain that's left with the family. So hopefully by participating and encouraging others to participate, we will again be ultimately saving lives."
Chesterfield Health District Helps American Cancer Society with Cancer Research Study
The Chesterfield Health District is hosting the American Cancer Society's (ACS) new research study, called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The study will ultimately save lives by better understanding the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
ACS aims to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. CPS-3 is a grassroots effort that enables local communities from across the country to support cancer research, not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study.
The study is open to anyone willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, (ACS will complete follow-up surveys for the next 20-30 years), is between 30 and 65 years old and has never been diagnosed with cancer. Individuals who have been diagnosed with basal or squamous cell skin cancer, however, are still eligible to participate in the study.
Individuals interested in enrolling in the study can go to the Chesterfield Health District on Thursday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following address:
Smith Wagner Building, Multi-Purpose Room
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23832
ACS will also be enrolling individuals on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at:
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