— The American Cancer Society is working on a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
Its Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer to join the study.
The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S.
“The study has been in the works for five years, doing different areas of the country at a time,” said Jill Giomboni, health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society east region. “At the end of 2013 you can no longer register. That is when they'll start compiling the data.”
To participate in the study an appointment is required and there are various sites that you can go to.
“You only have to physically show up one time, and it should only take about half an hour,” Giomboni said. “A small blood sample, waist measurement and a survey will be taken at the appointment. You will also be asked to read and sign a consent form. The rest of your commitment to the study are surveys that are sent out.”
The first survey will be detailed to include information on lifestyle, behavior and other factors related to your health. Other surveys will come periodically to update that information.
To register for the study, visit www.nepacps3.org and choose the site that is closest to you.
There will be a community enrollment site at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins' Coal Street Complex, Wilkes-Barre. One is Saturday, Jan. 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the other is Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Register at www.penguinsfightcancer.org
The northern counties have enrollment sites in:
Elk Lake School District in Dimock-Friday, March 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Woodloch Resort in Hawley-Tuesday, March 5 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton-Wednesday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Community enrollments will also be held in Schuylkill, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties in the fall.
“We are hoping to get 1,200 participants in northeast Pennsylvania,” said Erin Moskel, regional health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society, east region. “We're pretty much on target for our goals.”
Moskel added that the study will also look at causes of cancer and see how a person's genetic lifestyle can play into it.
Page 2 of 2 - “We want to get more awareness out about what the study is for,” Moskel stated.
For more information visit www.cancer.org/cps3 or call 1-888-604-5888.