WORCESTER, Mass. - A national study is recruiting healthy residents from Central Mass. to help researchers understand the causes of cancer.
Volunteers are needed to participate in and recruit others to take part in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sunday Oct. 21 at Elm Park during the second annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Worcester walk.
The national study, which will enroll a diverse population of half a million people across the United States, will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and will further efforts to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.
Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65, must never have been diagnosed with cancer, and must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which simply means filling out follow-up surveys at their home periodically.
To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to complete a brief written survey, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample at the enrollment site, in addition to completing a baseline survey at their home. For the first time in more than 50 years of conducting these kinds of studies, the Society is making it possible for participants to complete their baseline and follow-up questionnaires online.
Volunteers are needed to be American Cancer Society “Community Champions,” who will be responsible for assisting with promotional efforts to educate individuals about CPS-3, including criteria for enrollment with an emphasis on the long-term commitment to the study and also commit to recruiting 10 or more people to enroll in the study on the day of the event.
For more information on becoming involved in CPS-3 as a participant, volunteer or community champion, call 508.270.4648. http://coaches.acsevents.org/tipoff