SGV Residents Reminded to Enroll in Historic Cancer Research Effort

Half-Hour Enrollment at Relay for Life of Arcadia at Santa Anita Racetrack

It’s not too late to participate in an historic American Cancer Society research study that could change the face of cancer for future generations. Diverse men and women aged 30 to 65 who have never had cancer are needed to volunteer for Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) on June 23 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm at Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. The carefully controlled study is confidential and anonymous.
Enrollment on Saturday takes about half an hour to fill out a couple of forms and give a small blood sample and waist measurement. Participants complete enrollment at home with a more comprehensive 30- to 45-minute baseline survey. Over the next 20 – 30 years participants will be asked to complete online or mail-in follow-up surveys every few years. Researchers will use CPS-3 data to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies beginning in the 1950s that collectively involved millions of volunteer participants. Previous studies played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk and contributed significantly to developing of public health guidelines and recommendations.
Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, the connection between obesity and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. Changes in living habits and increased understanding of cancer make it important to begin a new study. Voluntary, long-term commitment by diverse participants will result in enormous benefits for decades to come.
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.

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