Local American Cancer Society Chapter Needs Your Help

If you're beteween the ages of 30 and 65 and you've never been diagnosed with cancer, the American Cancer Society wants you.

"We want champions and we really want to have as many enrollees in Panama City as possible," said Dee Hayhurst.

They're needing 300,000 people nationwide to take part in a 20 year study called Cancer Prevention Study Three.

"It's our third study.. the first study related the use of tobacco to cancer, and our second study looked at different choices and life styles such as early detection that determined that it does prevent cancer or catches it in the early stages," said Hayhurst

This third study will examine the lifestyles and habits of people who don't have cancer and try to find the reasons they don't.

"We'll ask them to come out, give a tube of blood, a waist measurement, fill out a survey and we'll track them for the next 20 to 30 years and this will give us a lot of data to pool to see why people don't get cancer," said Hayhurst.

Participants will get their second survey in the mail shortly after they sign up. It's a lifestyle questionaire asking about medications, exercise and other lifestyle habits. Then about every year and a half, participants will receive a follow-up survey in the mail.

"And if people do develop cancer then they'll be able to go down a different path, they'll be able to pull samples of that blood and we'll start to look for markers that we can trace and find reasons why some don't develop cancer," said Hayhurst.

Researchers at Emory University in Atlanta are conducting the study. Hayhurst calls its a scientific study of great magnitude that requires a large group of participants.

"We're looking for everybody. Men, women, african americans, hispanic community.. we want everybody to come in because we are looking at all factors that cause cancer," said Hayhurst.

The local Cancer Society Chapter will conduct the study in October.

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