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Gwinnett sites announced for cancer study

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Two Gwinnett YMCA locations will host enrollment for a landmark cancer prevention study put on by the American Cancer Society.

The ACS on Tuesday announced that Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA in Lawrenceville and the Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA in Norcross will be among 21 locations -- 17 that are YMCA sites -- throughout metro Atlanta as sites for the landmark Cancer Prevention Study 3.

In Lawrenceville, the dates are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5 and 8 a.m. to noon on March 7. In Norcross, the dates are 8 a.m. to noon on March 5 and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 6.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are urged to participate. The ACS goal is to enroll 5,000 metro Atlanta residents and about 300,000 people across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The goal of the study is for researchers to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, according to an ACS news release.

"By taking a little time to enroll in CPS-3, we all have the ability to contribute to the knowledge bank on the causes of cancer and to help develop new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer to save more lives," said Randy Redner, the ACS' vice president for Georgia. "Make no mistake when you enroll in CPS-3, you will indeed save lives for your children's and your grandchildren's generations and beyond."

Respondents will sign a consent form and complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavorial and other factors related to your health. Waist circumference will be measured and a small blood sample will be taken.

The ACS release said the in-person enrollment process would take about an hour, and there will be periodic followup surveys for enrollees in the next few years.

For more metro Atlanta CPS-3 enrollment sites, dates and times or for more information on CPS-3, visit www.cps3atlanta.com, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.