Cancer researchers seek local participants for national study

As it celebrates its 100th birthday, The American Cancer Society is looking for residents of our community to help continue the fight against cancer by reaching full enrollment in a historic research study currently taking place. While tremendous progress continues to be made, the effort to eradicate this disease has never been greater.

Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The Society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer to help reach a national enrollment goal of at least 300,000.

As a cancer survivor and co-founder of Friends From The Start Foundation, a web-based provider of information and services for individuals and families who have been touched by cancer, I am proud to be a local spokesperson for this incredibly important initiative. Everyone that participates will be literally helping to save lives, giving future generations more celebrations, more memories, more time and more hope. The importance of your involvement cannot be overstated.

Those who choose to enroll will be asked to fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. It only takes 20 minutes. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place in Westlake at St. John Medical Center on June 4 and June 6. On June 15, an enrollment will take place at MetroHealth System as well. All details on the locations and times of enrollment can be found by visiting Register for your appointments today – limited walk-ins will be available.

Together, we can make a difference!

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:13 AM, 05.14.2013