Volunteers recruited for cancer study

Jan. 22, 2013 @ 06:41 PM

Residents of Monroe, Union County and the surrounding areas have the chance to participate in an American Cancer Society Cancer prevention study.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in what is known as the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3, which will enroll a diverse population of up to 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico, according to a statement from the American Cancer society.

"We're looking to recruit 7,000 in North Carolina, 1,200 in the greater Charlotte area," Kari Dahlstrom, a spokesperson for the American Cancer Society, said.

Opportunities to participate in the study will be held at various locations in March and those interested can go to cps3greaterCharlotte.org or call 1-888-604-5888 to enroll.

They were looking for areas to hold the study that were easily accessible to local residents, which is one of the reasons why Monroe Crossing Mall will be one of the locations for the study in March. Those interested will have a small amount of blood drawn and measurements taken at the location they visit in March and then will take periodic surveys over around 20 years as part of the study. So far, they are a quarter of the way to the 1,200 enrollment goal for the greater Charlotte area, she said.

The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. As part of the in-person enrollment, individuals complete a brief written survey, provide a waist measurement and give a small blood sample. The enrollment process is complete when individuals complete the more comprehensive baseline survey. During the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years that will be sent to their home. Researchers will use the data from the study to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively involved millions of volunteer participants. The initial enrollment process takes about 30 minutes at the local event and an additional 45 to 60 minutes at home to fill out the more comprehensive baseline survey. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals, according to the statement.

Local study participation locations in March:

Monroe Crossing Mall, March 16 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

Levine Senior Center, Matthews, March 12, 4 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. and March 14, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Weddington United Methodist Church, Weddington, March 16, 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.