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Participants needed in cancer prevention study
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - There are nearly 12 million people in America who have survived cancer and countless more who have avoided it.

You can join the movement and fight back against cancer by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study.

This is the third such study following previous studies that found the link between smoking and lung cancer and obesity and various cancers.

"The study is going to look at genetics and also going to look at environment to see if as our lifestyles we are changing the way we behave," says volunteer Tamara Baker. "It's really a historic study. Over 300 scientifc articles have been written on the previous studies and so many more will be written from this study."

The American Cancer Society is hoping to enroll, nationwide, 300,000 people. Participants must be between 30-65, never been diagnosed with cancer and be willing to be part of a 20-30 year survey. 

To participate in the study, go to the Relay For Life site in Glenwood on Friday, May 25 from 6-10 p.m. or in Jonesboro on Friday, June 1st and provide medical and family information, waist measurements and a blood sample. This process will take about 20 minutes.

These individuals will then be contacted for survey updates and should anyone receive a cancer diagnosis, their blood will be examined to see if there are any triggers or reasons can be identified.

(Source: American Cancer Society)

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