Sign Up For Historic Cancer Study

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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KTVI) – Rams running back Chase Reynolds stopped by to talk with Tim Ezell about a new cancer study that you can take part in.

The American Cancer Society is looking for people who have not had cancer to track over the next few years. The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

It is called the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

They are looking for men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.

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 will be held on July 13 at Rams Park in Earth City, First Baptist Church of Arnold, and Mineral Area College in Park Hills.

Eligibility and enrollment details can be found at cancerstudymo.org.

Enrollment in the study involves two steps.

1.) After scheduling an appointment, individuals will be asked to complete a comprehensive survey online that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health.

2.) Step two involves an in-person enrollment process which takes approximately 20-30 minutes and includes measuring waist circumference and collecting a small blood sample from participants.

Upon completion of this process, the Society will send periodic follow-up surveys every few years to individuals to update their information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

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 this new study.

The voluntary, long-term commitment by CPS-3 participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.

Go to cancerstudymo.org to enroll or call 888-604-5888.

For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

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