Researchers say this cancer study is long term, over a 20-30 year period.
Experts say this study will give insight into lifestyle behaviors that cause or prevent cancer.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
No one wants to hear the words you have cancer, but it happens far too often. Now there is hope with a nationwide study and you can participate to help with prevention and early detection, and one day possibly the elimination of the big "C." It was unveiled Wednesday at CMMC.
"This is our opportunity to have a significant impact on the future of cancer and hopefully one day be able to eliminate this disease that effects so many people," said Jackson American Cancer Society Executive Director Amanda Patton.
Three-hundred-thousand people nationwide are being encouraged to sign up for the American Cancer Society study. In Jackson there are 4 host sites.
All you have to do is make an appointment. You'll have to give blood, your waist size and provide baseline information.
Your next appointment will be in another 2 years for a follow up study. Researchers say this cancer study is long term, over a 20-30 year period. You have to be between the age of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer.
"The commitment is such that every 2 years you are going to fill out information so that we can get up to date information on your health status," said UMMC researcher Dr. Roy Duhe'.
Experts say this study will give insight into lifestyle behaviors that cause or prevent cancer and also establish some genetic markers involved in the evolution of this deadly disease.