The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in the Warren County area who are interested in helping to spread the word about the importance of participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3, a historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
A regional kick-off event was held Thursday and champions for the study were taught how to enroll participants when sign-ups officially begin in August.
“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in life-saving cancer research,” said Marlene Delong, American Cancer Society community representative. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for area residents to participate in the study. Our goal is to recruit 15 or more CPS-3 champions in McMinnville and enroll at least 150 participants during this time. In order to reach these targets, we need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer. 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.”
Anyone who is interested in becoming a champion is welcome to do so. There are no specific age or eligibility requirements. There are, however, eligibility considerations for those who wish to enroll in the study.
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 will 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 Ashley Wright, community relations coordinator with River Park Hospital. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 champion. For questions about the study and how to participate, call Ashley Wright at 815-4349. For more information about CPS-3, visit cps3UpperCumberland.org