Historic cancer study seeks local participants

St. Francois and surrounding county residents can participate in a historic cancer study through the American Cancer Society. Enrollment will be held July 13 at the North College Center on Mineral Area College’s Park Hills campus. Eligibility and enrollment details can be found at cancerstudymo.org.

PARK HILLS – St. Francois and surrounding county residents will have the opportunity to participate in a historic study that the American Cancer Society says will have the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

“Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the ACS Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3),” said Steve Weiss, ACS spokesperson. “CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for area residents to enroll will be held July 13 at the North College Center on Mineral Area College’s Park Hills campus.”

Eligibility and enrollment details can be found at cancerstudymo.org.

“CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer,” explained Weiss.

Enrollment in the study involves two steps:

• After scheduling an appointment, individuals will be asked to complete a comprehensive survey online that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to their health.

• Participate in an in-person enrollment process which takes approximately 20–30 minutes and includes measuring waist circumference and collecting a small blood sample from participants. Upon completion of this process, ACS will send periodic follow-up surveys every few years to individuals to update their information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

“Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants,” said Weiss. “The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies — CPS-I and CPS-II — have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies 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.”

Weiss said the current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing.

“But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin this new study,” he said. “The voluntary, long-term commitment by CPS-3 participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.”

Go to cancerstudymo.org to enroll or call 888-604-5888. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Key Words: American Cancer Society, Mineral Area College, Cancer Prevention Study-3

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