ACS is beginning the Cancer Prevention Study-3 this spring. Nationwide, the group is looking for 300,000 participants.
In the metro Atlanta area, which includes Cherokee County, organizers are looking to enroll 5,000 participants.
Study participants should be between the ages of 30 and 65, never been diagnosed with cancer, and willing to make a long-term commitment to the study. More than 600 Atlanta-area participants have signed up.
The enrollment process includes taking a comprehensive survey regarding lifestyle, behavior and other health factors, a waist-circumference measurement and having a blood sample drawn. Appointments should take less than an hour.
“We’re focusing on getting people signed up so we can have them scheduled for appointments,” said Denisha Austin of ACS.
Enrollment will take place across the Atlanta area March 1 to 15.
In Cherokee County, enrollment will take place at the G. Cecil Pruett Community Center YMCA in Canton March 5 and 6.
Participants are asked to reserve an enrollment time online at www.cps3atlanta.org.
Study participants will be required to fill out periodic follow-up surveys. Participants will be followed for at least 20 years.
Robert Sprague, a local ACS volunteer, said the survey provides people a good opportunity to aid cancer research without a monetary commitment.
“The first (similar ACS study) found the link between smoking and cancer. That’s how important these studies are,” he said.
Anyone who wants to go the extra mile or contribute in a different way can become a CPS-3 champion and encourage others to sign up for the study.
“We’re depending strongly on everybody telling everybody,” Austin said.
Sprague said being a champion is a good way for cancer survivors to participate in CPS-3, since the study is only open to people who have never been diagnosed with cancer.
He noted that participation from men and minorities is especially needed. Survey materials will be available in English and Spanish.
Anyone who wants to be a champion should contact ACS’s Kennesaw office at (770) 429-9824 for training information.
Champions are asked to find 10 to 15 people to enroll in the study.
Study participants can sign up at www.cps3atlanta.org.
For more information about participating, call the ACS Kennesaw office or call Sprague at (770) 825-3037.
“This is an opportunity to make an impact,” Austin said. “It sounds like you’re doing so little, but it’s still going to make a huge impact.”