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Hundreds sign up in Hattiesburg for American Cancer Society study

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The American Cancer Society is constantly trying to unlock the mysteries of the illness.

For three days the residents of Hattiesburg can help. From 1p.m. to 8 p.m. On May 8th, 10th and 12th men and women ages 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with Cancer can enroll in the society's cancer prevention study-3. The enrollment is through a partnership with Forrest General Hospital.

According to Forrest General's Clinical Trials Nurse, Nikki Walters, those interested can come to the hospital and register by signing a consent form, completing a survey, have your waist measured and give blood. From there the society will send periodic follow-up surveys over the next 20 to 30 years. Walters says residents participation in these studies are proven to make an impact.

"This is cancer prevention study-3, so the first cancer prevention study looked at how smoking was related to lung cancer. That is when the Surgeon General's report came out that smoking could cause lung cancer. It is common knowledge today, but that is what first decided that factor. So, it is a big deal, " said Walters.

Walters says the participants of this study will have to answer questions about their genetics, medications, lifestyle factors and environmental factors.

Anyone meeting the requirements can come to the hospital and fill out the necessary paperwork, survey and blood work on May 8 , 10 at Forrest General , and 12 at The Live Well Center. All location are open for enrollment from  1p.m. to 8 p.m.

Those interested can also go to www.cps3hattiesburg.org.

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