American Cancer Society recruiting 500,000 for cancer study

A fan of DYKC sent us this news story from the Post Standard in Upstate NY:

The American Cancer Society is looking for 500,000 people to participate in a cancer research study, and the ACS will be accepting enrollment between 6 and 10 PM on June 18th at Long Branch Park in Liverpool. The ACS will be recruiting in tandem with their Annual Relay for Life, which will be held in Baldwinsville, New York and honors cancer survivors and those who have lost their battle with various forms of cancer. The relay raises money for cancer research.

The ACS says they need half a million people to fill out a survey every two or three years for the next twenty to thirty years. Eligible Central New Yorker’s must be between 30 and 65 and must never have been diagnosed with cancer. The ACS says they’d like to recruit about 400 participants from the Central New York area.

This particular study will measure how certain factors – obesity, smoking, and physical activity levels – correlate to a cancer diagnosis. Erin Shuff of the ACS says that participants will be “a part of history.” Shuff visited a YMCA in Syracuse, New York today to promote the upcoming study.

During the enrollment process on June 18th, Central New Yorker’s will have to have their waist measured and will be asked to provide a small blood sample.

Nationwide, the ACS reports that cancer is the second leading cause of death. In Onondaga County, New York, where the ACS will be recruiting next month, cancer is actually the number one cause of death. A reported 969 county residents lost their battle with cancer in 2008. Dr. Cynthia Morrow, the county’s health commissioner, says that the county is committed to getting the word out about cancer prevention. She also says the number of cancer deaths for the county has yet to be age-adjusted, which is why it may appear to be so high when compared to neighboring counties.

4 Responses to “American Cancer Society recruiting 500,000 for cancer study”

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  4. Jane Campbell Lemmons says:

    I have experienced three types of cancer. Aml, skin cancer, and lung cancer. I understand all the publicity on breast cancer, but I rarely see other cancers get as much wide spread news and education on the other dreaded C types. Having gone through a bone marrow transplant was the most horrible thing I have experienced health wise. I also think people should be educated on the devastation it can do to one’s family, the finacial loss and the lack of funds you need to survive the terrible illness. There are so little places to get help and more needs to be done.

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