FCBJ: Faulkner County to participate in nationwide cancer prevention study

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is conducting a nationwide study as part of its efforts to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, cancer. Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 can enroll in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 at one of four host sites in Faulkner County.

 

CPS-3 is a grassroots effort that allows local communities from across the country to support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by being active participants in a historic research study. The purpose of CPS-3 is to understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Its goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

In addition to the age requirement, participants must be willing to commit to the study long-term, which means completing periodic follow-up surveys at home for the next 20-30 years. CPS-3 is seeking participants who have never been diagnosed with cancer.

The first step is to attend a local enrollment event. These events are taking place Aug. 6-10 at Conway Regional Medical Center, Antioch Baptist Church, Greenbrier City Event Center and Conway Public Library. For details on the dates and times, visit SeeUThere.com/CPS3Enroll/Conway.

At the event, attendees will read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief written survey, and provide a waist circumference measurement and small blood sample. After enrollment, study participants will complete a more detailed survey at home and will receive surveys periodically to update their health information.

For info about CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3 or call 888-604-5888.

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