Volunteer participants will be lining up all around the Twin Cities over the next 2.5 weeks as they begin the first leg of a 20-year cancer prevention study called CPS-3.
This American Cancer Society project asks volunteers to go through a simple initial enrollment process, followed by periodic surveys.
The purpose is to give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention.
The society is looking for local men and women between 30 and 65 from various racial and ethnic backgrounds and with no personal history of cancer to help reach nationwide enrollment of 300,000 people.
Signing up requires a one-time in-person visit at one of 21 locations in the Twin Cities.
There participants will review a consent form, complete a survey, get a waist measurement and give a small nonfasting blood sample like they would do during a routine doctor visit.
One of the locations for the study sign-up is at Faith Lutheran Church, 11115 Hanson Blvd. NW, Coon Rapids, 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25.
Participants will also complete a more detailed survey at home.
They will continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys in the future that researchers will use to look for more clues to cancer’s causes.
The program asks people to pre-enroll by going online to www.cp3twincities.org to set up an appointment.
Although pre-enrollments are preferred, walk-ins are welcome.
CPS-3 is the latest addition to the society’s cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk.
Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks.
One possibility is that this study will help researchers identify additional links between unhealthy behaviors and a variety of cancers.