Do you want to be a part of ground-breaking history and help find ways to prevent cancer? Not just breast cancer, but ALL cancers?
I am helping the American Cancer Society recruit participants for their Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). It’s the 3rd study of its kind (hence the name, CPS-3). The first CPS study (CPS-1) linked cigarette smoking to cancer! Before that, people had no idea! Can you imagine what other things could be causing cancer that we just don’t know about? Well now’s your chance to help! There aren’t too many requirements and it’s very easy to be involved. They are looking for around 300,000 participants nationwide, including 1,200 from Mecklengurg county.
Who is eligible to participate?
Anyone who: (1) Is between 30 and 65 years old; (2) has never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer); and (3) is willing to make a long-term commitment to the study by completing surveys at home every few years.
What does the study involve for you?
The enrollment process involves two steps, one in-person and one at home. Prior to the in-person enrollment, participants will complete a comprehensive baseline survey (at home) that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. This survey will take about 30-45 minutes to complete.
The in-person enrollment will take approximately 20-25 minutes, and individuals will be asked to: (1) Read and sign an informed consent form; (2) Complete a brief survey; (3) Have waist circumference measured; (4) Give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit – just a small amount).
Upon completion of both enrollment steps, the American Cancer Society research staff will mail follow-up surveys every few years for the next 20-30 years to update your information.
All personal information and any individual results of blood analyses that may be performed will be kept strictly confidential by American Cancer Society research staff.
Now what do you do?
First, send me a text, blog comment, facebook message, etc. if you are interested (if you haven’t already done so). Registration won’t be until March 2013 – we are just recruiting right now so I am just keeping a list of names and emails for now. Registration sites for Mecklenburg county will be:
- Levine Senior Center
- West Cabarrus YMCA
- Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics
- Weddington United Methodist Church
- Wells Fargo Atrium
- Monroe Crossing Mall
- Friendship Baptist Church, Conference Center
- YMCA Corporate Wellness Center – Ballantyne
- ACS Charlotte office
I wish I could partake in the study but at least I can be involved. Thanks in advance to any of you out there that want to participate!!