Moon Township, PA, (April 22, 2013) - What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, ‘You have cancer?’ The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in the Heritage Valley Health System service area and Greater Pittsburgh region who are interested in joining Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Sharon Stalter, Health Initiatives Representative, American Cancer Society Pittsburgh office. “We are excited to offer an opportunity for residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at their convenience now through June. Our goal is to recruit 1000 community participants for the CPS-3 study. In order to reach these targets, we need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer and finding a cure for this disease. While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.”
Men and women who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.
“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Stalter. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent it.” Everyone now knows that smoking causes cancer. Few people realize that it took 188,000 study participants to prove that fact back in the 1950’s during the first ACS Cancer Prevention Study.
Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, your involvement will definitely help.
For more information about CPS-3 or to schedule your appointment, visit www.greaterpittsburghcps3.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888, or locally 412-919-1100.