Local Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort
Residents of Smith and surrounding counties have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women age 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (excluding basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers) are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with host sites East Texas Medical Center, Tyler Junior College-West Campus, Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Clinic, and the University of Texas Health Northeast, Tuesday through Friday, October 1-4, 2013. Eligible participants are asked to book an appointment to enroll by going to CancerStudyTX.org or calling 1-888-604-5888.
CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. "The more we know about cancer the better we can protect ourselves and our future generations. Our goal is to enroll at least 400 adults in the study from Smith County and surrounding areas to save more lives from this terrible disease," said Kathy Baker, American Cancer Society volunteer. "While I have survived two different cancer diagnoses because of research, my mother and my grandfather were not so fortunate. I'm doing all I can to stop this disease and I really believe this study (CPS-3) is part of the answer."
After scheduling an appointment, participants will receive a comprehensive baseline survey to complete online at home before coming to the enrollment. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 25-30 minutes to complete an informed consent packet, have a waist measurement and provide a small blood sample.
Upon completion of this process, the Society will send participants an annual newsletter with the latest study findings and periodic follow-up surveys to complete every 2 to 3 years for more than 20 years. Each follow-up survey will vary in length and ask participants to provide researchers updates on their health.
"Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, 'What caused my cancer?' In many cases, we don't know the answer," said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3. "CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer." Dr. Patel added, "Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved."
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. 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 to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations," said Dr. Patel.
To book an appointment to enroll, visit CancerStudyTX.org. Information is available for English and Spanish speaking individuals by calling toll-free 1-888-604-5888. For more detailed information about American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Studies, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org.