2013-02-28 / Community

Cancer study seeks subjects

LANSING – The American Cancer Society is conducting its Cancer Prevention Study-3. Similar to the Society’s previous cancer prevention studies, CPS- 3 will look at the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, with the ultimate goal of making discoveries that will help eliminate cancer as a major health concern.

To explore the many factors related to cancer, the Society is seeking a wide variety of people to participate in the study. There are many types of cancer, and they can affect people differently based on their background and lifestyle. Through CPS-3, the Society hopes to understand why different cancers affect groups of people in different ways.

Through its first two longterm cancer prevention studies, the Society established the links between:

• Cigarette smoking and lung cancer

• Aspirin use and reduced risk of colon cancer

• Postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy and various gynecologic cancers (such as breast and ovarian cancer)

• Physical activity and lower risk of various cancers (including breast, colon, and aggressive prostate cancer)

Signing up for CPS-3 is simple: At enrollment locations across the country, participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, provide a waist measurement and a small blood sample, and complete a survey about their lifestyle, behaviors, and other factors related to their health.

• The Society is seeking 300,000 adults to participate in CPS-3. Volunteers are eligible to enroll if they:

• Have no personal history of cancer (this does not include basal or squamous cell skin cancer)

• Are between 30 and 65 years old

• Are willing to make a longterm commitment to the study, which simply involves completing periodic follow-up surveys

To find out if there’s an enrollment site in your area or to learn more about CPS-3, call your American Cancer Society at (888) 604-5888 or send an email to cps3@cancer.org. Your participation can help save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

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