Participate in a Los Angeles based study to Impact Future Generations
By Heather Martin
Have you ever known a loved one who was diagnosed with cancer, and wished you could determine why they were stricken with the disease so that it could be STOPPED? Now Angelinos have a chance to do something about cancer in a very personal and far-reaching way.
Beginning April 18th, the American Cancer Society is offering an unprecedented opportunity for LA area residents to change the face of cancer for future generations by enrolling in a historic long-term study. This new research study – called Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) – is expected to help researchers better understand the genetic, environment and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, in order to eradicate the disease and save lives!
“Many cancer patients 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 this new study. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
The American Cancer Society needs 300,000 participants with diverse backgrounds – men and women ages 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (this does not include basal or squamous cell skin cancer).
To be eligible to enroll in this study, men and women should:
Participants will begin with a short survey that can be taken at home, followed up by a waist measurement and small blood sample (equivalent to a doctor’s visit) at a local enrollment site. Enrollment is completed at home with a more detailed mail in or electronic survey. Every few years participants will receive a follow-up survey for the duration of the next 20 – 30 years. Participation is anonymous and completely confidential.
Dr. Patel added, “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 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.”
Previous American Cancer society studies showed the link between smoking and lung cancer and obesity and breast cancer and other diseases. The study is convenient, providing 25 enrollment sites across the Los Angeles Area including Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valleys, Downtown, Long Beach Area, Pasadena Area, Burbank Area, Santa Monica and the Culver City Area.
For more information or to make an appointment to participant in the study please visit the website at www.cps3la.org or call 1-888-604-5888.
Participants can sign up between April 18th and May 9th