By Tracy Clemons
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The American Cancer Society is rolling out one of the latest major efforts that hopes to help cure cancer. The project is getting the entire nation involved, and now, some of the area's biggest companies are pitching in to help.
On Thursday, 300 volunteers signed up for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study Three at Edward Jones.
"I've lost two or three family members to cancer over the years," said Laci Hansard.
She says cancer is a concern.
"I try to be a positive thinker and we eat really healthy and exercise and do all of those things. But I think screenings are important. But I think screenings are important. And I think the more you know the better. And it's easy to come in here and answer a survey and give some blood," said Hansard.
"Cancer Prevention Study Three is an ongoing study for us to study the effects of behavior and environment and exercise and nutrition and see how it relates to people possibly getting cancer," said American Cancer Society Regional Vice President Craig Boring.
The ACS says this will better help researchers understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. They hope to sign up 300,000 people nationwide by the end of the year.
"Right now our enrollment sites are setting people up and doing an initial survey and then drawing a small amount of blood and getting some other information, and then rolling them in the study," said Boring.
He says the more they can find out about the root causes of cancer, the better they'll be able to create research projects geared at prevention.
Volunteers are asked to complete a survey once every few years for 20 to 30 years.
If you'd like to get involved, you can check out the study's website.