Researchers with the American Cancer Society are looking for participants in the Triad to help with an important research study that could one day help define ways to prevent cancer.
Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is the organization's latest research study that will explore the environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
The study is open to anyone 30-65 years old who has never had cancer, not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer.
They are looking for dedicated participants because the study will take place over the next two to three decades.
"You will first come on site, complete a brief survey, have your waist measured, and then have four small vials of blood drawn at that time by certified phlebotomists," explained Lisa Bottomley, a Mission Delivery Director with the American Cancer Society.
After that, there is no "poking and prodding," she explained. Participants will be mailed surveys to complete about their health and lifestyle every two to three years for up to thirty years.
ACS is funding and conducting CPS-3 research all over the country, but they chose sites in Davidson and Alamance Counties because of local ACS support and the population in those areas.
"You don't have to live in Davidson or Alamance counties to enroll," explained Lisa. "The enrollment sites will be in those counties, but we are looking for folks from all over the state."
They hope to sign up 450 participants between the two counties. "Right now in Alamance we're a little over 50% there, but in Davidson probably about 40%. So we're really pushing over these next two weeks to get people in enrolled."
Lisa knows exactly how important this cancer prevention study is; she is a nine-year cancer survivor herself.
"I have two children at home," she said. "I want to make sure that they never hear the words 'You have cancer.' This is the only way-- through research--that we are going to be able to find the right treatments and eventually find a cure."
Lisa says this is the fourth study American Cancer Society has conducted. The others, she said, helped draw research connections between smoking and cancer, and obesity and cancer, and led to legislation and prevention methods.
"This study will make history... our theme is to create a world with more birthdays. And we really feel like this study's going to do that," concluded Lisa.
Interested participants need to sign up online for an enrollment appointment.
Enrollment will take place September 12 and 14 in Alamance County, and September 17, 19 and 21 in Davidson County.