The American Cancer Society is looking for 120,000 volunteers for a long-term study, called Cancer Prevention Study 3, that could help determine cancer risks for future generations.
“Many cancer patients struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, the study’s principal investigator. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
Earlier studies, CPS-1 and CPS-2, helped determine the links between smoking and cancer and weight and cancer, said Eric Beikmann, cancer society spokesman.
People are eligible for the study if they are ages 30 to 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer; if a relative has been diagnosed, that’s OK. The society has a lot of white women and is especially looking for men and people who are not white, Beikmann said Tuesday. Overall, 300,000 people are wanted nationwide; 180,000 have signed up.