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American Cancer Society seeks volunteers for cancer research study

For those who have had a friend or family member diagnosed with cancer, after the shock, one of the most difficult feelings to endure is the feeling of helplessness. 
 
Now, there is something that can be done. Something that can have far reaching results. Something that can help save another friend or family member from hearing those dreadful words, “You have cancer.” 
 
The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is looking for volunteers – men and women – to enroll in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The study is a grassroots effort reaching communities across the country to support cancer research by participating in a historic research study.
 
CPS-3 is open to anyone in the United States and Puerto Rico who is willing to commit to the study long-term, is between the age of 30 and 65 and has never been diagnosed with cancer – not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer.
 
The study’s purpose is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.
 
To enroll, please visit CPS3nashville.org to schedule an appointment between April 23 and 26 at one of four locations in the Greater Nashville area - Christ Presbyterian Church, TriStar Centennial Medical Center, TriStar Horizon Medical Center and Vanderbilt University. 
 
A confirmation email will be sent with instructions to fill out a comprehensive survey regarding medications, family history of cancer, lifestyle and other behaviors. The survey should be filled out prior to the appointment.
 
During the appointments, lasting only 20-30 minutes, participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief written survey and provide a small blood sample, which will be drawn by a trained and certified phlebotomist. 
 
Then, over the course of 20-30 years, participants will be asked to update their surveys periodically. Newsletters on the study will be sent annually with updates on the research.
 
The entire study is confidential with every precaution taken to protect any personal information collected. There is no cost to participate. 
The ultimate goal is to enroll 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. 
 
It may sound simple, but the results can lead to more memories and more birthdays celebrated.
 
For more information about CPS-3, go to www.cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Posted on: 3/5/2013

 
 

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