Minneapolis recruits needed for state cancer study

March 22, 2012 by  

Willing recruits are needed to help in a cancer prevention study undertaken by The American Cancer Society. In a campaign encompassing the entire state of Minnesota, the Society hopes to convince a couple of thousand people to participate in a national study called Cancer Prevention Study-3.

This project started six years ago across the U.S, according to Cancer Society spokeswoman Jari JohnstonAllen. However, only a third of the required participants have come forward. Effective flyer printing and an aggressive flyer printing campaign are just two ways of reaching the 300,000 people required for this project.

The overarching purpose of the study is to ascertain how air, food, and lifestyle affect the probability of getting the disease, in addition to genetics.

Volunteers for the study must agree to provide a blood sample, a few measurements, and take the time to complete a half hour survey. They must also agree to be contacted over the next 20 years and answer follow-up questions. This involves a new questionnaire to be completed once every two years.

This incredible national undertaking is the third of its kind in the last 50 years. It is this type of study which allowed researchers to link smoking and obesity with cancer.

To be considered for the study, recruits must be between 30 and 65 years of age and have not previously had cancer, with the exception of skin cancer. At least 25 per cent of recruits should be from diverse communities to represent a cross section of American populations.

More information can be found on the Cancer.org website.