Published: Oct 02, 2013 3:04 PM EDT
Updated: Oct 02, 2013 5:04 PM EDT

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - It starts with a questionnaire, followed by a quick check of your measurements, then you get your blood drawn. The organizers say the research and information they get from this room, will help find the causes and the cures for cancer

"We kind of look at the Big C as this like dreaded thing because we don't know a lot of the answers," said Camden Smith.

That's where the American Cancer Society is asking you to step in.

"You're giving something back and helping us find a cure so that our kids, grandkids, don't have to hear those words, 'You have cancer.'"

Local men and women, between 30 and 65, are needed for a nationwide study called Cancer Prevention Study 3.

"The data, the surveys, and the blood products that are collected will help them analyze patterns and look for patterns that will help us diagnose cancer earlier and perhaps even prevent cancer," said Roy Threet, Administrator of the Oncology Service Line for NCH.

It's a 20-year study that requires participants to fill out follow-up surveys every couple of years. Lisa Honig with the American Cancer Society said the studies lead to major medical breakthroughs.

"The first study found the link between cancer and smoking. And the second and third studies found links between obesity and a variety of different cancers," said Honig.

Camden Smith doesn't have cancer in her family, but hopes her blood will be useful.

"Maybe they'll find something that should something happen to me or a loved one, we'll have some better answers in the future," said Smith.

Interested participants can sign up on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4-7:30 pm NCH North Naples Hospital 11190 Healthpark Blvd Naples, FL 34110.