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Cancer Society announces new study

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on February 1, 2013 1:46 PM

American Cancer Society officials announced Thursday evening that Wayne County residents have been chosen to participate in a potentially life-saving study -- one they characterized as "groundbreaking."

And Natalie Edwards, the organization's mission delivery director for eastern North Carolina, said those who choose to participate can be sure they will make a real difference in the fight against the deadly disease.

"If you could prevent one person in your family from hearing the words, 'You have cancer,' would you do that?" she said. "Well this is your opportunity to get involved in groundbreaking research."

Cancer Prevention Study 3 requires a fairly non-invasive appointment -- 20 to 25 minutes of filling out paperwork and giving blood -- followed, every several years, by a survey.

Anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never been diagnosed with the disease is eligible to participate.

"What this study is looking at is our environment ... and it's also going to look at our lifestyle," Mrs. Edwards said. "But the most exciting thing that we're going to be looking at is our genetics. Are there things in our genes or in our makeup that makes somebody more likely to get cancer or not as likely to get cancer?"

Those interested in participating are asked to register -- and to sign up for a May appointment -- at www.cps3waynejoco.org