Never been diagnosed with cancer? Good, then you can help the American Cancer Society with a massive study they're starting on cancer prevention. The organization is looking for a diverse group of up to 500,000 people between the ages of 30 and 65 across the country to "help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer," the group says in a press release.
If you're interested in joining in the study, you can enroll at one of several local YMCAs and churches between Sept. 25 and Sept. 29. FInd the closest location here. The enrollment process entails someone taking your waist measurement and a sample of blood. Then you take home a survey packet and answer questions about your lifestyle. Every few years, the ACS will send you follow-up questionnaires.
The last study on cancer prevention by the group began in 1982 and is still ongoing. The two previous studies (starting in the 1950's) have made the link between smoking and lung cancer, larger waist size and increased death rates, and drew attention to how air pollution negatively affects bodies.
For more information go to www.cps3knoxville.org