The American Cancer Society seeks volunteers for new study

A cancer research study will take place in North Alabama.
A cancer research study will take place in North Alabama.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - A Decatur church will be one of several locations nationwide for people to come to help the American Cancer Society.

They will help build on past work that gave cancer researchers new insight into cancer and how to fight it.  Beth Tutwiler is the Senior Community Representative.

"The first study began in the 1950's. They found a link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. The second study started back in the 80's. They found a link between obesity and different types of cancer and that study is still going on."

Study participants will discuss their health and lifestyle.

"Is it something that's genetic? Is it something that they're eating? Is it a lack of physical activity, which we know is already a precursor?" said Tutwiler.

She said this commitment is one that will last for a few years.

"After you are officially enrolled, then you will fill out a survey every couple of years that the American Cancer Society will send to your home, and some people think, 20 or 30 years, that's a long time. That's a big commitment, but what you're actually committing to is 24 hours of your life time," added Tutwiler.

People are asked to come to the Calvary Assembly of God in Decatur on May 19 between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

"In order to be eligible to participate, you need to be between the ages of 30 and 65, have never been diagnosed with cancer, other than basal cell and squamous cell skin cancer," explained Tutwiler.

Hopes are high that with a good turnout it will help research scientists in the fight against cancer.

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