The American Cancer Society and Forrest General Hospital are looking for 400 volunteers to participate in a major nationwide cancer study.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The American Cancer Society and Forrest General Hospital are hoping you will help fight cancer by taking part in a major new, nationwide study.
The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is designed to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent the disease.
Researchers are looking for 400 local adults between the ages of 30 to 65 who have never had cancer to take part.
Those who enroll in the study will be asked to complete a baseline survey and fill out follow-up surveys periodically for the next 20-30 years.
"The CPS-3 study will really help us understand what those causes are, what those risk factors are and how those can be prevented," said Lille Willis, health initiative representative for the American Cancer Society.
"Things like weight, the types of food we eat, smoking, alcohol, they all contribute to cancer," said Dr. Bo Hrom, clinical trials director at Forrest General Hospital. "Many of them we're not sure how they do and this study will help us establish the link between those things and cancer," Hrom said.