Time is running out for local residents to sign up to participate in a potentially groundbreaking cancer research study. The study will give researchers access to the blood of 300,000 people who have never had cancer in order to look for early genetic mutations and cell markers. The study’s results could lead to medical interventions years before cancer symptoms emerge.
“This is an opportunity to help our generation,” said Karen Lewis, an area executive director for the American Cancer Society.
Only a fourth of the 200 needed Barrow County participants had registered as of early this week. If the other 151 participants do not sign up by Tuesday, April 30, the research team will send fewer phlebotomists to draw blood from local participants in May.
“We’re so behind,” Lewis said. “People are saying they are going to sign up, but they are not doing anything yet.”
To participate, go to the study's website at www.cps3barrow.org .
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