Cancer Society seeks study participants

RALEIGH "They're looking for about 500,000 participants. The American Cancer Society is responsible for it, and what they're going to be doing is taking a mass group of people and trying to find the actual gene for cancer," explained Wake County organizer Kristin Deininger.

The study is looking for men and women between 30 and 65 who've never been diagnosed with cancer.

"The way they're doing that is by taking a blood sample, everybody spends about 45 minutes inside our tent doing a short health survey and doing a waist measurement," Deininger explained.

Researchers will then send participants a health history form to fill out every two years for 30 years. They're trying to find out why some people develop cancer and others don't.

If you would like to take part in the study, mark your calendar Friday May 15. The American Cancer Society will have a tent set up at its Relay for Life fundraiser at Wakefield High School on Wakefield Pines Drive in Raleigh.

You don't have to be in the relay to take part. Anyone between 30 and 65 with no history of cancer is eligible. Just look for the volunteers wearing yellow shirts between 6 and 11 that evening.

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