May 3, 2013
Registration for Cancer Prevention Study 3 Set at Simmons Cancer Insitute
The local community is invited to join a historic, nationwide effort to learn how lifestyle factors influence the prevalence of cancer. The results will improve scientists’ understanding of cancer that could benefit future generations.
Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will be a site for the Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) that will provide data for future cancer research. According to the American Cancer Society’s web site, the study will “advance our understanding of the factors (lifestyle, environmental and genetic) that cause or prevent cancer.”
Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, president of the Illinois Division of ACS and director of the Simmons Cancer Institute, said CPS-3 “is an opportunity to participate in cancer prevention for future generations.”
Those interested can learn more about the study and register at SCI, located at 315 W. Carpenter St. in Springfield. Appointments for the event are available 1:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 and from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, May 17.
To become a “volunteer champion,” schedule an enrollment appointment at http://cps3il.wordpress.com/springfield/. A confirmation e-mail with instructions to go online and complete your first, most comprehensive survey will then be sent. This survey will ask you questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, lifestyle and other behaviors. The survey should be completed prior to appointments.
At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, as well as provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist. Appointments will last approximately 20-30 minutes.
Appointments can also be scheduled by calling 1-888-604-5888.
CPS-3 is enrolling a diverse population of up to 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The ACS web site notes that participants will be followed for at least 20 years. Enrollees will be contacted every two years with mailed questionnaires to answer. The initial and follow-up surveys completed at home will take an hour or less of time to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.
As cases of cancer or other diseases develop, participants who develop cancer will be compared with those participants who do not. This long-term study will allow researchers to understand the differences (in lifestyle, environment, and genetic factors) between people who get cancer and those who do not, what the likely risk factors are for cancer, and how to best prevent disease in the future.
Area CPS-3 events available in May are:
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is www.siumed.edu/cancer.