Cancer prevention study: ACS offers signup's

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - People in the Heartland can participate in a study that the American Cancer Society says has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

The opportunity to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Lourdes Hospital in Paducah during Nov. 15-17. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, and demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes.

Enrollments will take place in the Marshall Nemer Pavilion from:

- Noon-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15;

- 7-10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16;

- 9-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

At the enrollment, participants will fill out a survey, have their waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample. At home, individuals will also complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on various factors related to their health. Upon completion of this process, the Society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.

This is the second such study taking place in Paducah this year. Western Baptist Hospital held a CPS-3 enrollment in April that enrolled 421 participants.

For more information about the Cancer Prevention Study-3, click here or call 1-888-604-5888.