ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Oct. 8, 2013) – This fall, Ann Arbor-area residents have one last opportunity to join the movement to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center will partner with the American Cancer Society to enroll at least 500 Ann Arbor area residents in the study.
By enrolling in the study, participants will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which ultimately will save lives. To enroll, residents must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. They also must be willing to make a long-term commitment involving brief follow-up surveys at home for the next 20 to 30 years. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States.
Enrollment will take place at four Ann Arbor-area sites between Oct. 30 and Nov. 13, 2013. This will be the final opportunity for area residents to join the study. Residents can make an appointment to enroll by visiting cancer.org/semicps3. Enrollment will be held at:
After making an appointment, enrollees will be asked to fill out a comprehensive online survey. During enrollment individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a brief survey. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.
“Our community has a unique opportunity to help finish the fight against cancer. Participating in this study could be the most important and meaningful action to fight cancer if even just one person could be spared a cancer diagnosis,” says James Montie, M.D., Valassis Professor of Urologic Oncology at the University of Michigan.
“Most of us know someone who has heard those three words ‘You have cancer.’ I personally enrolled in this study in honor of my friend who passed away in 1999. I am honored to have St. Joe’s as one of the host locations for this year’s enrollment,” says Rob Casalou, president and CEO of St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and Livingston.
Previous cancer prevention studies by the American Cancer Society have been instrumental in helping to identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. These studies have uncovered the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer; the significant impact of being overweight or obese on risk of cancer occurrence and death; the link between aspirin use and reduced risk of colon cancer; and the link between postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy and various gynecologic cancers such as breast and ovarian cancer.
For more information about CPS-3, visit www.cancer.org/cps3 or call 888-604-5888.