Bradley County is one of four locations in Tennessee where volunteers are actively recruiting participants in a planned 20- to 30-year study that could help illuminate ways to prevent cancer.
Barbara Mullins, oncological nurse at Blue Ridge Medical Oncology in Cleveland, said she's been working with her patients to build interest among their friends and family for participation in the study.
"If we can find what in our lifestyle or environment is affecting us and causing cancer, it will help in prevention," said Ms. Mullins, who's also captain of the medical group's Relay for Life race team.
"It's so exciting to think how many lives we can save in the future from this disease," she said.
The study, funded by the American Cancer Society, will enroll 500,000 people nationally and follow them for decades to analyze the effect of their lifestyles and environments on their cancer risk.