More than 1,000,000 people in the U.S. get cancer each year. Chances are, someone you know has been deeply affected by cancer. Every day, more than 400 lives are saved from cancer thanks, in large part, to cancer research. If you had a chance to help with cancer research, would you? We, in the San Francisco Bay Area and elsewhere, now have that chance.
Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is a long-term study that seeks to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and ultimately help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.
Past long-term American Cancer Society studies have played a major role in cancer prevention. Past studies have demonstrated, among other things, the links between smoking, obesity, hormones, physical activity, and diet and cancer risk.
CPS-3 offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to be personally involved in research that will advance the American Cancer Society’s understanding of the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors that cause cancer.
How can you get involved? Involvement in CPS-3 includes:
- A short in-office visit during which you’ll read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide some physical measurements, and give a small blood sample (about 20-30 minutes).
- A longer at-home questionnaire (about 45 minutes).
- Follow-up questionnaires (which could take as little as minutes, and no more than an hour) by mail every two years (for at least 20 years).
- Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65 years and have no personal history of cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer) to join.
CPS-3 is one of the most important factors in the fight against cancer, and it’s one that ordinary people can help with. Although it requires a long-term commitment, the time required every other year is minimal, often less time than it would take to eat one dinner. Many people participate in CPS-3 to honor someone who has battled cancer, or for other personal reasons.
Participants will receive updated information about the study’s findings. The Bay Area represents a particularly unique opportunity for researchers because of its varied population.
Here ‘s where to participate in the CPS-3 Study in the Bay Area:
- Alameda (July 20-August 3)
- Marin County (July 24-August 7)
- San Francisco (July 17-August 10)
- San Mateo (July 24-August 10)
- Santa Clara (July 13-August 10)
Find a CPS-Study in the U.S. near you.
I’ll be participating. Won’t you?
I was compensated for my participation in learning and sharing about CPS-3 through Women Online/The Mission List. All opinions stated here are my own.