What If You Could Prevent Even One Family From Hearing the Words, “You Have Cancer”?

Adventist Medical Center helps facilitate national cancer research


May 1, 2013 – Local residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential of changing the face of cancer for future generations. 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) happening at Adventist Medical Center on June 12 and 13. Online enrollment begins by visiting cancer.org/cps3, or calling toll-free 1-888-604-5888. 
Once enrolled, the process includes a brief session at Adventist Medical Center where participants 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 - 30 minutes to complete.  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 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. This study holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.”  The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants will produce benefits for decades to come.
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