Around 120 people stopped by the University of Virginia Medical Center Tuesday to enroll in a long term cancer prevention study. The American Cancer Society is recruiting participants throughout this week for the study.
The study involves people between the ages of 30 and 65 who have not been diagnosed with cancer. After enrolling, participants just have to fill out a questionnaire every four years - for the next 25 to 30 years.
A steady flow of people came out to the American Cancer Society's enrollment station Tuesday morning. Most had already filled out an online survey to sign-up. Tuesday volunteers gave them a shorter questionnaire to verify personal information.
Participants then had their waist measured and blood drawn so their progress can be tracked.
The American Cancer Society hopes this study will help find a cure for cancer.
Robert Noriega, the mission delivery director for the American Cancer Society in central Virginia said, It's so important because by doing this and in this study we're trying to find lifestyle habits - nutrition, activity, environmental factors, what have you - anything that might be a triggering factor for cancer. By doing that, we're going to help research this, find what these factors are, what are the triggering agents and eventually find a cure for the illness."
The goal is to enroll 500 people for the study. American Cancer Society representatives say they are taking walk-ins at this time. There will be three other enrollment opportunities this week:
University of Virginia Fontaine Research Park Second Floor, Room 2318, 545 Ray C. Hunt Wednesday, March 20, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Hollymead Fire Rescue Community Room, 3575 Innovation Dr. Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 3 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Carver Recreation Center 324 4th St., NW Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
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