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Cancer study seeks volunteers

 Posted: 12:10 PM March 21, 2013

The American Cancer Society is recruiting Medford residents for a massive study tracking cancer risks across the country.

The society's Department of Epidemiology & Surveillance Research plans to recruit 300,000 adults across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3. It is designed to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, a news release said.

Men and women who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample, and complete a baseline and enrollment survey. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years for the next 20 to 30 years.

The study is now seeking volunteers who will help spread the word to potential participants. A kick-off event is planned at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Red Lion Hotel's Crater Lake conference room, 200 N. Riverside Ave., Medford. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m.

Participants will receive all the information they need to educate community members about the study and learn how they can make an appointment to enroll between May 29 and June 7, organizers said.

The goal is to recruit 50 "Community Champions" to spread the word and enroll at least 500 participants in Medford when enrollment begins May 29.

For more information on on the study, call 541-779-6092, ext. 10, email or see

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