KENTUCKY – Over 1,200 people throughout the commonwealth are now part of a historic Kentucky cancer study into what causes – and what could possibly prevent – cancer. The American Cancer Society announced that 1,238 individuals enrolled statewide during Aug. 7-11, 2012 for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
The 20-30 year study, which is open to individuals between the ages of 30-65 who have not been diagnosed with cancer, will look at genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that may cause or prevent cancer. The previous Cancer Prevention Studies by the American Cancer Society resulted in discovering the link between smoking and lung cancer and certain lifestyle factors associated with increased cancer risks.
During Aug. 7-11, participants enrolled in CPS-3 at one of 16 sites throughout Kentucky thanks to a partnership with the American Cancer Society; Jewish Cancer Care, Flaget Cancer Center and Saint Joseph Cancer Center, all part of KentuckyOne Health; YMCA of Greater Louisville and YMCA of Central Kentucky. To enroll in the study, individuals were asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to his/her health; had a waist circumference measured; and gave a small blood sample.
The Society will now send periodic follow-up surveys to update enrollee information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to enrollees.
The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. For more information about CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3.
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. It is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, it works to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early. It seeks cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery.
As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, the American Cancer Society works to turn knowledge into action. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.