Local residents asked to join historic cancer research effort

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The American Cancer Society needs you.

"They chose the Coachella Valley because of the great amount of volunteers and the leadership councils here and the wonderful help from all our medical centers here," Melissa Neiderman of the American Cancer Society Leadership Council said. 

The study is called Cancer Prevention Study-3, a large scale, long-term study looking at the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that may cause or prevent cancer.

300,000 volunteers nationwide will complete the study, and the American Cancer Society needs 400 of them to come from the desert. 

"What they're asking is that you are 35 to 65, and you have not been diagnosed with cancer but that doesn't include basal or squamous cell cancer," Neiderman said. 

You would take a survey and give a blood sample. This information, only to be seen by the American Cancer Society, will be used in the 20 year study. 

"Then in the next 20 years, all they do is send you some surveys to fill out, thats only every two years or so," Neiderman said. 

A group of community leaders gathered at Desert Regional Medical Center for a kickoff meeting, prepared to spread the word about why this study matters.

"Smoking causes cancer and we know that because of the first of the Cancer Prevention studies that was groundbreaking, done in the 50s and 60s," Teresa Whipple from Desert Regional Medical Center said. 

Here are the dates you can sign up:

Eisenhower Medical Center: 

-November 12th from 1:00 to 4:30 

-November 15th from 9:00 a.m. To 12:30

Desert Aids Project: 

-November 16th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30

Desert Regional Medical Center: 

-November 19th from 11:30-3:00 

-November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30.


"So many of us raise money for cancer research, walks, galas, all kinds of efforts. Well, here is our chance to participate," Whipple said. 

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