AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HOSTS ENROLLMENT FOR CANCER RESEARCH STUDY IN INLAND EMPIRE: Riverside and Rancho Cucamonga

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American Cancer Society’s CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 is seeking to enroll 500 volunteers from the Inland Empire, ages 30-65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer, for a 20-to-30 year study of 300,000 people to determine genetic and environmental causes of cancer.   The event will take place today from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Riverside Community Hospital in the Health Education Center Main Auditorium, 4445 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, and Thursday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Vanura Homehealth Services, 8213 Rochester Ave, Rancho Cucamonga

For the next 20 to 30 years, the American Cancer Society’s Research Department will follow enrollees by sending questionnaires every two years to be completed and returned.  Researchers will use this data to study factors associated with cancer and ultimately find ways to prevent it.

To enroll in the study will take approximately 30 minutes.  Eligible and interested individuals will be asked to complete a brief study questionnaire, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample, similar to a doctor’s visit.  Quest Diagnostics coordinates the blood draw. Soon after the registration at the local venue, a more detailed questionnaire will arrive to collect detailed information on lifestyle, behaviors, and medical/family history.

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-1 in the 1950’s established the link between smoking and lung cancer.  Cancer Prevention Study-2 in the 1980’s established the link between diet, nutrition, and exercise.  Two thirds of all cancers are related to tobacco use, diet, nutrition and exercise.

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