By Julie Montanaro
February 6, 2013
The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to help for the next 20 years.
It is launching a study in Florida of folks who have never been diagnosed with cancer.
It needs volunteers willing to answer questions about their health, diet, lifestyle and more for decades to come in hopes of identifying risk factors and preventing more cancers in the future.
"There will be behavioral factors that might put them at risk. There will be environmental factors, perhaps ehtnicity factors, age factors, can determine who gets cancer and who doesn't," ACS volunteer Sue Johns said. "So put them all together put them all together under somebody's microscope somewhere and they will notice similarities and differences."
So far 52 people have volunteered to participate in the study but the American Cancer Society says it needs ten times that number in Tallahassee alone.
The goal in this area is 500 volunteers between the ages of 30 and 65.
Johns says this is the third Cancer Prevention Study of its kind. They call it CPS-3.
A kick off was held this evening at FSU's University Center.
For information about CPS-3, visit www.cancer.org/cps3florida or call toll free, 1.888.604.5888.