Press ReleaseDate: 10-09-12
Name: Patti Verbanas Phone: 973-972-7273
Doing Your Part to Prevent Cancer
Those interested in participating in the study can pre-register for an enrollment appointment on those dates by visiting www.cps3newark.org.
Eligible participants are those between 30 and 65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to commit to completing surveys every few years. To enroll in the study, individuals will go to a local enrollment location (such as the UMDNJ Newark location mentioned above) and will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete. At home, individuals will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. Upon completion of this process, the ACS will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys completed at home will take an hour or less of time to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.
Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of ACS studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. 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. 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 a new study.
The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. �Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey � and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future - is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We're looking for more like-minded individuals in Newark to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,� said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3.
Find out more about CPS-3 at �Cancer Prevention Study-3: Why You Matter� Lunch & Learn, Wednesday October 10, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Medical Science Building MSB�C600, 185 South Orange Avenue, Newark. Or visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.