The American Cancer Society today will hold the first of two enrollment events in Aiken that are part of a long-term cancer prevention study.

The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will examine the lifestyles, behavior, environments and genetics of more than 300,000 people nationwide over a 30-year period in order to learn more about the causes and possible prevention of cancer.

The study will enroll 200 people in the Aiken area. The first enrollment event will be held today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road. The second enrollment event will be Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Aiken Technical College, 2276 Jefferson Davis Highway, Graniteville.

According to Lisa Glass, community manager for the South Atlantic division of the ACS, 154 people were registered as of Monday afternoon.

“Our ‘max’ max is 221,” she said. “They give us a little bit of an overage, but that’s how many phlebotomy kits we’ll have.”

The study will last 20 to 30 years and is the third in a series of landmark studies by the ACS.

The first study, launched in the 1950s, determined a link between cigarette smoking and cancer and other diseases. The second study, which began in 1982 and is ongoing, determined that diet, exercise, choices that people make and other lifestyle habits impact someone’s likelihood of getting cancer.

This study is different because it takes into account physical measurements and a blood sample.

To register, enrollees will complete a questionnaire, provide a small blood sample and have their waists measured. The blood samples will be frozen, and there won’t be diagnostics completed on them.

Glass said the samples will only be handled if a participant is diagnosed with cancer. After enrolling, participants will be mailed a survey every few years to be completed and sent back.

The study is open to anyone ages 30 to 65 who has not been diagnosed with cancer.

Participants can register at the locations the day of the event, but to secure a spot and reduce wait time, Glass encourages participants to register in advance online.

“It would just hurt me so bad that people want to participate, and we don’t have space for them” Glass said.

There is a set number of appointments for each time slot, and the 9 a.m. slot for today and the 3 p.m. slot for Thursday are booked, Glass said. The entire enrollment process should take about 20 minutes for someone who made an appointment.

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