Cancer Society recruiting public for cancer study

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The deadline is approaching for Charleston area residents to participate in a historic study that may change the face of cancer. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to enroll in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

The local American Cancer Society office is hoping to recruit 800 residents from the greater Charleston area. Individuals can enroll at cps3charleston.org for one of the following dates and locations:

Bon Secours Saint Francis Hospital: Wednesday, Jan. 30, 3-6:30 p.m.

Medical University of South Carolina: Thursday, Jan. 31, 7-10:30 a.m. and 3:30-7 p.m.

The Jewish Community Center: Thursday, Jan. 31, 7-10:30 a.m.

East Cooper Medical Center (Mount Pleasant): Friday, Feb. 1, 8-11:30 a.m.

“We’ve had really great interest so far, but we need to get the word out to everyone in the community,” said Fronde Merchant, mission delivery manager for the American Cancer Society. “If your family has been touched by cancer and you want to help prevent this for others in the future, please set up a time to enroll in CPS-3.”

To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavior and other factors related to health; have waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Most participants spend 45 minutes completing the survey and 30 minutes at the appointment. Upon completion of this process, the society will send periodic follow-up surveys for participants to update their information as well as annual newsletters with study updates and results.

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.” Dr. Patel added, “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.”

Previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.

For more information and to schedule an enrollment appointment, call toll-free 1-888-604-5888 or visit cps3charleston.org.

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