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Cancer study looking for suburban participants

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The American Cancer Society is looking for volunteers from the suburbs to join a nationwide cancer prevention study.

The national nonprofit is looking for about 12,000 volunteers from Illinois to join 300,000 participants across the U.S. in a study that will follow their lives and health over the next 20-30 years, said Elizabeth Jablonski, director of research, health initiatives and advocacy for ACS.

"We're trying to see why some groups of people get cancer and why some don't and how factors like environment and genetics play into that," Jablonski said.

She added that it was the first Cancer Prevention Study that found the link between smoking and lung cancer. The second taught researchers about how lifestyle factors such as obesity can increase cancer risks.

This time around researchers will take a small blood sample from all participants to try to see how genetics plays into cancer risk, in addition to looking at lifestyle factors, she said.

"Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, 'What caused my cancer?' In many cases, we don't know the answer," Jablonski said. "CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer."

The study will follow participants for a lifetime, with surveys every few years asking about their lifestyle, health and other factors.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are eligible.

A kickoff event will take place on at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the American Cancer Society Northwest Regional Office, 1114 N. Arlington Heights Road. People who are interested in being "CPS-3 Champions" can attend to get information about to sign up and recruit other community members.

"If you know someone who has had cancer, you can do this in their memory and do this for the future of cancer research," she said.

People can sign up for an appointment and for the study at

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