Yorkers can soon learn more about how they can help find a cure for cancer.

On Tuesday, the American Cancer Society invites York residents to attend a kickoff event for Cancer Prevention Study 3 enrollment. The study will enroll up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

The event calls for volunteers and participants to learn more about what they can do to help research cancer and its causes, said Carol Miller, health initiatives representative with the American Cancer Society in York.

The event will distribute information about the study and sign up volunteers over a light breakfast, she said. York Mayor Kim Bracey, church leaders, community volunteers and local businesspeople will attend the event, Miller said.

The York Revolution and the York County Industrial Development Authority granted the cancer society $2,500 and $500, respectively, to help promote and market enrollment for the study, she said.

The study: The study is the third in a series, she said. The first study started in the 1950s and correlated tobacco and lung cancer, she said. The second began in 1982 and is beginning to connect obesity and activity levels to certain cancers, she said.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer aside from basal cell carcinoma -- a

form of skin cancer -- are eligible to participate in the third study. After participants register and attend a mandatory enrollment session on Sept. 17, they will complete questionnaires every two to three years over a 20- to 30-year period as part of the study, Miller said.

The goal is to have 200 Yorkers at September's enrollment session, she said.

Finding a cure: Such an expansive study has the ability to make breakthroughs in cancer research, Miller said.

"I call it a no-brainer," she said. "It's a way that somebody, from the comfort of their own home, can some way participate and perhaps contribute to a cure."

As a cancer survivor, Miller can't participate herself, but she's spreading the word.

"I ask my family and friends to do it in honor of me," she said.

York's kickoff event for Cancer Prevention Study 3 enrollment

What: Information and volunteer sign-up over a light breakfast

When: 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday

Where: Sovereign Bank Stadium

How: To enroll in the American Cancer Society's national study, visit yorkcps3.org.

--Reach Mollie Durkin at mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.