Monday, April 28, 2008

APRIL 28, 2008

One great reason to come to this year's Relay For Life is to participate in the Cancer Prevention Study 3. Bakersfield is one of more than 100 relays nationwide — 18 in California — participating in the study, funded and managed by the American Cancer Society’s Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research. Adults ages 30 to 65 who have not been diagnosed with cancer are the targets of the study.

The initial enrollment takes 20-25 minutes and includes a short medical survey as well as a waist measurement and small blood sample, said Steve Pressley, volunteer chairman for the study at the Bakersfield relay.

About a month after signing up, participants will receive a longer survey that asks for a more detailed medical history, he said. Participants are contacted periodically for follow-up surveys.

“It’s not a huge time commitment,” Pressley said. “But it’s a huge philosophical commitment.”

It requires participants to update the American Cancer Society of any address changes, he said.

So far, 24,000 people have signed up nationwide, Patel said. The organization hopes to reach its goal number of participants by 2011.

Participation does not cost anything, and participants will not be paid.

You do not have to be a registered participant in the American Cancer Society fundraiser to enroll, but you do have to go to the relay to sign up.

We missed Michael Damian today... (live radio, you have to love it, right?). We'll try and reschedule... Sorry for the inconvenience.