American Cancer Society starts Cancer Prevention Study 3

Posted at: 05/14/2013 11:53 AM | Updated at: 05/14/2013 1:24 PM

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The American Cancer Society is kicking off its third major nationwide population survey since the 1960's and News10NBC’s Rebecca Leclair is a participant.

During her lunch hour Tuesday, Rebecca filled out some forms and even had her blood drawn. This is all to help researchers find ways to prevent cancer.

She was not alone when she signed up for "Cancer Prevention Study 3". This study is to see how genetics, lifestyle and the environment play a role in cancer risk.

They measured Rebecca’s waist because the circumference of a person's waist can increase the risk plus for the first time ever, the American Cancer Society is taking blood samples then, over the next 30 years, Rebecca will fill out additional surveys to indicate whether she’s been diagnosed with cancer.

ACS Community Mission Manager Nicole LaRose said, “When the updated surveys come back to the American Cancer Society, what our researchers will do is go back and look at those blood samples and they'll look at genetic markers, they might look at hormone levels, nutrient and vitamin levels and they'll compare those folks surveys to those were weren't diagnosed.”

The American Cancer Society wants to enroll 300,000 people nationwide with 1,000 people from the Rochester region. The response is already so great, they will probably have to cut off enrollment but Buffalo and Auburn sites will open in late June.

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