Volunteers Needed for Cancer Prevention Research Study (CPS-3)
What if you could help prevent someone from ever having to hear the words, “You have cancer?” You can. Asante and the American Cancer Society will enroll volunteers from Southern Oregon in a new nationwide research project called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) at a special event on May 29. This is an unprecedented opportunity to participate in research that could help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer and ultimately lead to eliminating cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.
This will be the first and only CPS-3 event in Southern Oregon featuring Dr. Alpa Patel, the strategic director and principle investigator of the study, who will be presenting at the event and available for your questions.
Enrollment will be at the Smullin Education Center on the Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center campus on Wednesday, May 29, from 4 to 8 p.m.
The ultimate goal of CPS-3 is to enroll men and women from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will save lives. CPS-3 will build on evidence from previous studies, and help bring closer the elimination of cancer as a major health burden for this and future generations.
“Having lost my mother to cancer when I was just a teenager, I grew up thinking getting cancer was just inevitable and that there was nothing we could do to prevent it,” said Sue Kilbourne, director of cancer services at Asante. “The results of these previous cancer prevention studies show us that lifestyle choices can often make a difference. The information gained from these studies does save lives and gives us the opportunity to make a difference for future generations.”
Since the 1950s, American Cancer Society studies have led to important discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers.
If you are between age 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll. Participants must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20 to 30 years. Cancer survivors are asked to help spread the word and encourage family members and friends to enroll.
- Participating is easy and involves the following:
- Read and sign an informed consent form.
- Complete a survey packet, which will ask for detailed information on lifestyle, behavior, and other factors related to your health.
- Be measured for waist circumference.
- Give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit), which will be drawn by a trained, certified phlebotomist.
- Complete a mailed survey every few years over the next 20 to 30 years.
All personal information and any individual results of blood analyses will be kept strictly confidential by CPS-3 research staff. There will be no cost to participate.
The enrollment event at Asante is the first of three such opportunities in Southern Oregon. There will be enrollments in the Medford area on June 1 and June 7. For more information, visit cancer.org/cps3 or contact the American Cancer Society at 888-604-5888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.