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Enrollment for historic cancer prevention study starts Friday

Provided by the American Cancer Society

WHAT and WHEN: The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) first enrollment day will take place at Covenant Medical Center's Knipling Education Center (6th Floor of the West Parking Garage at 21st & Louisville) on Friday, September 6th from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The second day will be at the same location on Saturday, September 7th from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

During the month of September (with additional enrollment sites at Monterey Church of Christ on Sunday, September 8th and Wednesday, September 11th; and TTUHSC on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th) more than 400 residents in Lubbock County are expected to join this once in a lifetime research opportunity to save lives from cancer.

It is not too late for participants to enroll. Appointments can be made at CancerStudyTX.org or 888-604-5888. Walk-ins are also welcome.

WHY: The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is an American Cancer Society long-term research study that will help researchers better understand how genetics, lifestyle and environmental exposures work together to cause or prevent cancer.

The specific causes for many cancers are unknown. Ongoing research has made several breakthroughs in the last 50 years, but there is still much to learn.

CPS-3 participants are asked to complete a comprehensive baseline survey prior to enrollment day sharing details on their health, medications, family history, and current lifestyle habits. At enrollment, each participant will provide a blood sample, waist measurement and complete an enrollment survey. Enrollees are then contacted every two to three years for 20 years or more to provide additional updates on their health through a survey.

There are no other cancer studies of this magnitude in the U.S. This survey will examine 300,000 people from diverse backgrounds for a long period of time. Ultimately, this study will save lives and give people more time with their families and friends.

About 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2013, and in 2013 about 580,350 Americans are projected to die of cancer - almost 1,600 people a day. Cancer remains the second most common cause of death in the U.S., accounting for nearly one of every four deaths.

PHOTO AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: A room full of study participants actively enrolling in CPS-3 with the help of trained research volunteers. Quest Lab staff on site collecting and packaging samples. Many volunteers are willing to share their own personal stories as to why this study is important and the impact it will have on generations to come. American Cancer Society staff members are available to provide details about previous Society studies and the goals for this and future enrollment locations.

ELIGIBILITY: Adults between the ages of 30-65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer and willing to give a small blood sample, provide a waist measurement and make a long-term commitment to the study, are asked to enroll.

For a list of enrollment locations or to book an appointment visit CancerStudyTX.org or call 888-604-5888.

WHY CPS-3 IS IMPORTANT: Earlier Cancer Prevention 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 voluntary, long-term commitment by CPS-3 participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.

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