ATLANTA -- Every year, thousands of people raise tons of money to fight cancer through Relay for Life. This year, there's a twist.
The American Cancer Society will use the relays to recruit people for a nationwide Cancer Prevention Study.
"This gives them, our most engaged volunteers, an excellent opportunity to become actively engaged in research in an easy way," said the study's principal investigator Alpa Patel, Ph.D.
Participants give a small blood sample, get their waists measured, then agree to answer a questionnaire that's mailed to their homes every three years for the next 20 to 30 years.
Researchers need men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.
"The best way to understand what causes cancer is to recruit individuals into a study before they have been afflicted by the disease, so you can then following them forward in time," Patel said.
The first Cancer Prevention Study called CPS-1 started two generations ago and found the link between cancer and smoking.
CPS-2 discovered a connection between obesity and 10 different types of cancer.
CPS-3 is the next one, the one that needs volunteers.
For more information on the study, click here.
Enrollment will take place this Friday night at the Roswell Relay for Life and next Friday at the Gwinnett Relay for Life. For enrollment locations near you, click here.