Pensacola, FL – (Janu- ary 10, 2013) – Residents of Pensacola have an un- precedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of can- cer 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 American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS- 3). CPS-3 will enroll a di- verse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puer- to Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Baptist Hospital, Sacred Heart Hospital, West Flori- da Hospital and The Wood- lands Medical Specialists from March 14 to 22, 2013. Thurs., March 14, 7 to 1 p.m.
Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, 7800 US Highway 98 W, 2nd Floor Atrium
Fri., March 15, 2 to 6 p.m. West Florida Hospital, 2130 East Johnson Ave, Cancer Center
Tues., March 19, 8 a.m. to noon Baptist Hospital, 1000 W Moreno St., Heritage Room Tues., March 19, 1 to 5 p.m. Woodlands Medical Spe- cialist, 4724 North Davis Hwy, Vending Area Wed., March 20, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sacred Heart Cancer Center, 1545 Airport Boulevard, 3rd Floor Conference Room Thurs., March 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Baptist Medical Park – Nine Mile, 9400 University Pkwy., Education Room Fri., March 22, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gulf Breeze Hospital – Cia- no Cancer Center, 1114 Gulf Breeze Pkwy, Infusion Room.
CPS-3 will help research- ers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. “My mom is a two-time cancer survi- vor, and I’m doing all I can to make sure my children don’t have to say that … I really believe this (CPS-3) is part of the answer,” stat- ed one study participant.
To enroll in the study, in- dividuals will go to a local enrollment location and will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief sur- vey; have their waist cir- cumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximate- ly 20 to 30 minutes to com- plete. At home, individuals will complete a comprehen- sive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other fac- tors related to their health. Upon completion of this process, the Society 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 to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.
“Many individuals diag- nosed 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., prin-
cipal 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 can- cer.” Dr. Patel added, “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instru- mental in helping us iden- tify some of the major fac- tors 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 in- volved.”
Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer So- ciety studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-1 and CPS-2) have played a major role in understanding cancer pre- vention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and de- velopment of public health guidelines and recommen- dations. Those studies con- firmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and oth- er causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The cur- rent study, CPS-2, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of can- cer in the more than two de- cades since its launch make it important to begin a new study.
For more informa- tion or to learn how to be- come involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1.888.604.5888. cps3enroll/pensacola. To make an appointment to enroll at one of the Pensac-
ola event’s locations please visit www.seeuthere.com/