JD Frattini, ACS says "We're enrolling a new generation of men and women to participate in a cancer study."
A study that could hopefully eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.
J.D. Fratinni is with the American Cancer Society. He says Chattanooga is one of three cities in Tennessee participating in an open enrollment like the one shown here on this American Cancer Society video. Now researchers need your help. They need local residents to sign up and participate.
JD Frattini, ACS says "What we are looking to do is gain more insight as to why some people get cancer why some people don't and we're identifying lifestyle, behavioral, genetic areas that we are going to look further into."
But in order to get the best results, the study has a goal of 25% minority participation. Doctors want to determine why some groups are disproportionately affected by certain types of cancer .
To qualify for the study, participants have to meet three major requirements. They must be between the ages of 30-65, never have been diagnosed with cancer, and be willing to make a long term commitment, participants will be followed for at least 20 years.
Researchers stress that while you may be in the study for several years, it won't be very time consuming.
JD Fratinni says "The only contact is during enrollment process, then it will be simply updating your information, medical history, lifestyle changes."
Fratinni says the enrollment process is simple and only takes about 30 minutes. A half hour of your time that could make a lifetime of difference in the fight against cancer.
Open enrollment is August 21-25th.
You are encouraged to reserve your spot and find out registration locations by going to www.cps3chattanooga.org <http://www.cps3chattanooga.org>.
Call 615.499.0445 for more information.