MINNEAPOLIS — Twin City area residents will be able to take part in the nation’s largest cancer study in recent years by simply walking in the door of what will be the last phase of the American Cancer Society’s historic cancer prevention study (CPS-3).
The event will be held Tuesday, November 5 at the Midtown Global Market, 920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Normally those who enroll in CPS-3) around the country are asked to pre-register online prior to showing up for an in-person appointment. However the Society is attempting to make sure those who want to be included in the study will not be left out due to any kind of technicalities. The Society is also encouraging as many people of color to take part in this study, including in particular African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans.
“We’re very close to reaching our goal of 300,000 people nationwide for this historic study,” said Holly Guerrero of the American Cancer Society. “It is vital that we reach a good balanced mix of people in the Twin Cities to make this study as population- accurate and representative of the people of Minnesota as possible,” she added. “This is our best chance ever to finding the answers to cancer.”
The study calls for people between 30 and 65 years old who have never been diagnosed with cancer. Signing up requires a one-time in-person visit to read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, have your waist measured, and give a small non-fasting blood sample, similar to a routine doctor visit. Participants will also complete a more detailed survey at home and will continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys in the future that researchers will use to look for more clues to cancer’s causes. You can pre-enroll at www.cps3globalmarket.org to set up an enrollment.
CPS-3 is the latest addition to the Society’s groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk. Previous cancer prevention studies by the American Cancer Society confirmed the link of smoking and lung cancer, and the relationship of the environment, healthy-eating and lack of exercise on various cancers.
One possibility is that this study will help researchers identify additional links between unhealthy behaviors and a variety of cancers.
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.