ACS begins new study on prevention

Rachel Stalker, ‘Doah Staff Writer
October 23, 2013

The American Cancer Society is starting a new era of research with the beginning of CPS-3. Shenandoah will have its own branch for this study; according to their website, the ACS picks Relay for Life locations “that are large or offer potential for minority recruitment.”

CPS-3, Cancer Prevention Study-3, is a new study that is asking for participants from ages 30-65. The study “will have environmental and lifestyle exposures that may be meaningfully different from our previous populations and will help us further advance our understanding of the factors that cause or prevent cancer. CPS-3 will allow us to explore new and emerging hypotheses related to cancer.”

Previous studies were able to determine many links to lifestyle and cancer. The most significant link that was the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. They also discovered “the significant impact of being overweight or obese on risk of cancer occurrence and death.” The discovery about the impact of air pollution on cardiopulmonary conditions motivated the Environmental Protection Agency to make more stringent limits on air pollution.

The participants are required to “read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide some physical measurements (such as waist size), and give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit).” After that, ACS will mail surveys every two years asking for waist measurements, and these will take no longer than 45 minutes to complete.

The American Cancer Society is looking for 300,000 participants across the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Guam who have no personal cancer history, and are committed to a long-term study.

This study is to last at least twenty years; that is why the age group is 30-65. People younger than thirty are often very transient, whereas those over 65 often have problems with memory, which would limit their ability to answer questions on the surveys.

If you are between the ages of 30-65, you can enroll at various nearby locations. Enrollment at S.U. is on Nov. 12 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Ferrari Room at the Brandt Student Center, and also at Winchester Medical Center in the Cancer Conference Classroom on Nov. 13 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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