The American Cancer Society is recruiting volunteers to participate in a long-term study aimed at better understanding cancer prevention — and Tri-City area residents can help.
Organizers of Relay for Life of Columbia River hope to enroll about 130 people in the study during the upcoming event in Richland, which is a fundraiser for the cancer society.
“If you’re interested in being part of something that will change the world, this is your chance,” said Cheri Stoker, who works in community relations for the cancer society in Kennewick.
Karolyn Friday, the Relay event chairwoman, added that joining the study will put people on the front lines of the cancer fight. “It’s a chance to be personally involved,” she said.
The cancer society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 will focus on gaining insight into the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause cancer or prevent it.
The local leaders hope to enroll at least 128 people — men and women ages 30 to 65, who’ve never been diagnosed with cancer — during the Relay event next monthJune. The Relay is at 6 p.m. June 7 to 9 a.m. June 8 at Fran Rish Stadium.
People will be able to sign up for the study from 5 to 9 p.m. June 7 at a tent set up at the event.
Enrolling won’t take too long — it will involve filling out a survey, providing some physical measurements and giving a blood sample. Participants will get follow-up surveys every two to three years.
The study will last about 20 years.
The cancer society has conducted other studies, dating back decades, that have led to key findings such as the links between smoking and cancer and obesity and cancer, information from the group said.
This is the first local drive to sign up participants, Stoker said. If you’re interested in participating but can’t attend the Relay in Richland, call 783-1574.
-- More about the study: cancer.org/cps3.
-- More about the relay: relayforlife.org/columbiariverwa.
-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @saraTCHerald