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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Cancer kills about 1,500 people every day, in the United States, and more than double that number will be diagnosed with the disease.

A long-term study, by the American Cancer Society, needs the help of healthy Houston-area residents to learn how exercise, food and obesity affect the incidence of cancer.

The Cancer Prevention Study-3 started in 2006 to track the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, but researchers need a larger sample of participants.

In Houston, 1400 additional people are needed to join.

Those eligible need to be between the ages of 30 and 65, never had cancer, and submit a blood sample to help map their DNA.

"There are subtle DNA and genetic difference between all of us," says ACS Medical Officer Dr. Mark Clanton, "We are more similar than we are different, but those differences really determine your risk for getting certain diseases and whether your lifestyle puts you at risk for certain diseases."

Participants will also answer a questionnaire every couple of years to help researchers track their health.

To learn more, or make an appointment to join, you can log onto www.cancerstudygh.org

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