ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The final push is about to begin to get hundreds of St. Louis residents to take part in a major national cancer prevention study.
The American Cancer Society wants to enroll a total of one thousand St. Louisans to its “Cancer Prevention Study 3.” The goal is to gain insight into more of the environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to cancer.
“This study is offering us an opportunity to understand, in the contemporary setting of modern lifestyles – increasing weight and very few people smoking – what are the real drivers for cancer at this time?” Colditz said.
Previous studies have revealed the link between smoking and lung cancer and the link between daily aspirin use and lower colon cancer risk.
“Registration is ongoing and in the next few weeks it will be specific locations that people can go to to actually have their blood drawn and join the study,” Washington University cancer prevention researcher Dr. Graham Colditz said.
To volunteer you must be between 30 and 65 years of age, have not been diagnosed with cancer, be willing to give a small blood sample, and commit to the long-term nature of the study.