Turnout in Macon on the first day of enrollment for a cancer prevention study has been “brisk and steady,” said Nancy White, who has helped coordinate the enrollment.
Macon is the first enrollment site in the nation in 2012.
“Everyone who’s come through said it’s so easy,” said White, who id director of oncology services at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.
The cancer prevention study is free and open to anyone who is 30-65 years old; has never been diagnosed with cancer (except nonmelanoma skin cancer); and is willing to take part in follow-up surveys for the next 20-plus years. There is no physical exam, except for a small blood sample and a waist measurement.
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The enrollment is taking place Wednesday and Thursday. Wednesday’s enrollment continues until 1 p.m. at the Cancer Life Center, 1014 Forsyth St. Enrollment Thursday is from 2-8 p.m. Drop-ins are welcome, White said. The process takes about 20 minutes.
Among the early participants Wednesday was Mercer University President Bill Underwood.
CPS-3 is the only cancer prevention research study in the country now. It is being conducted by the American Cancer Society, which hopes to enroll 500,000 adults.
If participants did not fill out a questionnaire when they first registered, that’s OK, White said. They’re being given a survey to fill out, along with a prepaid envelope to return the survey.