SACRAMENTO, CA - The American Cancer Society is signing up recruits at the State Capitol on Wednesday for its latest cancer study, which will examine environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors that may cause cancer, but also prevent the disease.
The American Cancer Society plans to sign up 500,000 people across the country for the long-term study. The organization is specifically looking for men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who've never been diagnosed with cancer, with the exception of basal skin cancer. Participants will be followed for at least 20 years and will need to fill out questionnaires about their health every couple of years.
Enrollment for the study will take place on the south steps of the State Capitol between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Maria Robinson, communications director for the American Cancer Society in Sacramento, said their previous research produced significant results. She said their studies "have confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, showed that obesity increases the risk of several cancers, and linked aspirin use to a lower death rate from colon cancers."
Robinson said researchers also expect this latest study to produce "significant results."
Click here for the American Cancer Society's Web site on the cancer study.
The Associated Press