Local participants sought for cancer prevention study

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The latest Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Such research can lead to advancements in treatment. Mammography, for example, has been a significant advancement in the diagnosis of breast cancer over the past 30 years. | FILE PHOTO

How to enroll in CPS-3

Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s CPS-3 will take place at the following locations and times:

Illinois

Arlington Heights: noon to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and 2 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Northwest Community Hospital.

Elgin: 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Sherman Hospital and 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 The Centre of Elgin.

Elk Grove Village: 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 14 at Alexian Brothers Health System — Cancer Institute. Hoffman Estates: 7 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at St. Alexius.

Mount Prospect: 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Northwest Community Hospital Health Center —Immediate Care.

Palatine: 8 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Buehler YMCA.

Indiana

Chesterton: 8 to noon Oct. 18, at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness.

Crown Point: 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 at Southlake YMCA.

Merrillville: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event at Hidden Lake Park.

Michigan City: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Woodland Cancer Care Center.

Schererville: 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Franciscan Omni Health and Fitness.

Valparaiso: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Valparaiso Family YMCA.

To learn more visit the website at cancer.org/cps3.

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 help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

To enroll in the study, individuals need to visit a local enrollment location where they will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

At home, individuals will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. Upon completion of this process, the American Cancer 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 of time to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.

“Many individuals diagnosed 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., principal 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 cancer.”

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

“Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey — and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future — is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We’re looking for more like-minded individuals in the Chicago and Indiana areas to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,” Dr. Patel said.

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.