FORT WORTH -- In Fort Worth, a landmark cancer study got underway today.
At Plaza Medical Center, local residents underwent the first series of tests for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study.
Researchers will use long-term data to better understand lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
"We will follow them from the next 20 to 30 years," explained Jackie Bayly-Bryant of the American Cancer Society, "Capturing their lifestyle information, what they are doing, their behaviors, as well as their detailed family history. All of that works in combination to help us better understand cancer."
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the study, which will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Enrollment will also take place at Medical City Dallas Wednesday from 1.p.m. to 6:30 p.m.