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.
Attend the Arlington Heights kick off:
6 p.m. on Sept. 27
American Cancer Society Arlington Heights Office
1114 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights
To RSVP for the kick off, please call 847-368-1166, press 3.
Enroll in the program at: www.cps3northwestcommunity.com
Set up an appointment at one of the following times and locations
Northwest Community Hospital, South Pavillion
800 W. Central Road, Arlington Heights
Noon to 4 p.m. on Nov. 13
2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 15
Alexian Brothers Health System, Cancer Institute
800 Biesterfield Road, Suite 120, Elk Grove Village
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 14
NCH Health Center -- Immediate Care
199 W. Rand Road, Mount Prospect
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 16
St. Alexius Doctor Building 3, suite 1400,
1555 Barrington Road, Hoffman Estates
7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 15
1400 W. Northwest Highway, Palatine
8 a.m. to noon on Nov. 17
"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 www.cps3northwestcommunity.com