The American Cancer Society is putting together its third-ever cancer prevention study.
In order for Cancer Prevention Study-3 to be effective, the group needs at least 300,000 people to sign up nationwide.
The study will survey the background, environment and habits of people all over the country over a 20 to 25 year period to determine causes of cancer.
"They're looking for different genetic factors, behavioral factors, eating habits, physical activity and that kind of thing," said American Cancer Society Senior Community Representative Beth Tutwiler, "the things that we think are causing cancer because a lot of times, the majority of the time when people are diagnosed with cancer, they want to know why."
The first study ever done by the American Cancer Society took place in the 1950s and found a link between smoking and lung cancer. The second study started in the 1980s and found a link between obesity and various types of cancer. That study is still on-going.
This latest study is slated to start in 2015 and will look at men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never had cancer.
"What they're going to do is they're going to compare people who live in our area with other areas in the state with other states across the United States." said Tutwiler.
The study requires a long-term commitment, but with minimal work along the way.
"The overall time that one is going to spend participating in this study over a course of 20 to 25 years is 24 hours," said Tutwiler. "How could you not want to spend 24 hours of your life helping to find a cure for cancer."
You can enroll for the study on Saturday, May 19, from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Calvary Assembly of God in Decatur. Walk-ups are welcome, but you are encouraged to schedule an appointment online prior to May 19.
When you go to schedule you appointment online, you will also spend about 45 minutes filling out a survey. Then at your appointment, you will complete another brief survey, along with providing a waist measurement and a small blood sample.
To sign-up, log on to the study's website here.