New Cancer Study About to Start, Volunteers Needed - - ABC13

New Cancer Study About to Start, Volunteers Needed


Lynchburg, VA - Medical experts in our area need your input for a new national cancer study. The American Cancer Society is conducting the study.

It is the group's third study since the 1950s.

Experts say previous studies helped link lung cancer to smoking.The third "cancer prevention study" will also look at things like lifestyle and genetics.

This week marks the first step with some preliminary medical exams. Then, participants will fill out a survey every two years for the next 20 years.

"And they want to know, should you get diagnosed with cancer, should you get diagnosed with a major disease then they can go back and use that blood sample or use the information they've collected, to see is there anything different? What happened? Is there anything we have that we knew 15 years ago?" said Dr. Matthew Foster, associate medical director at the Pearson Cancer Center.

In the Lynchburg area, almost 400 people have signed up to participate. If you're between the ages of 30 and 65, you can still sign up. For more information, go here.

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