Local Participants Sought for Cancer Prevention Study

The American Cancer Society has scheduled a local enrollment day for cancer-free people to participate in a cancer prevention study. Resea...

The American Cancer Society has scheduled a local enrollment day for cancer-free people to participate in a cancer prevention study.

Researchers hope to enroll 300,000 people nationwide -- 500 or more in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties -- who are between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. They are trying to piece together the effects of genetics, environment and lifestyle factors on cancer -- and how they work together -- to affect the risk of getting cancer, said Alpa Patel, lead investigator.

The local enrollment will take place Thursday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, Professional Office Building, Temecula Room, 2nd floor, 28078 Baxter Road, Murrieta.

Study volunteers will be followed for 20-30 years, Patel said.

This is the third generation of the cancer prevention study. The first study, dating back to the 1950s, provided some of the first conclusive evidence of the link between smoking and cancer, Patel said. The second generation study began in the 1980s and unlocked the field of obesity and cancer, and it continues today, she said.

Participation in the study is free. Volunteers can have diseases other than cancer, such as diabetes and heart conditions and still participate, Patel said.

At the time of enrollment, volunteers will have their waist circumferences measured and give a small blood sample. They also will be asked to complete a survey. After the initial visit, they will be mailed a survey every couple of years to be filled out at home, she said.

Appointments must be made in advance to enroll. To schedule an appointment, visit cps3inlandempire.org or call 888-604-5888.

For cancer information anytime, call the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345.

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