(10/24/13) - The biggest cancer prevention study ever is getting underway, and the American Cancer society wants your help! It is called the Cancer Prevention Study 3, or CPS-3. If it goes anything like the first two of these studies by the American Cancer Society, it could lead to potentially life-saving answers to some of the mysteries of cancer.
The first cancer prevention study or CPS-1 uncovered one of now best known risk factors for cancer- smoking.
"That's what linked smoking and tobacco. That's what made the whole, we had to start advertising that smoking is going to cause these cancer risks. That's when that happened, was from that study," says Kristy Cook of the American Cancer Society.
The second study, Cook adds, pointed to critical links between obesity and cancer, and also found that exercise really can help prevent cancer, "if you are a women who has been through menopause and you walk at least seven hours a week, you decrease your cancer risk by 14 percent."
People who have already had or have cancer are not eligible for the study. You also have to be between the ages of 30 and 65 to sign up for CPS-3.
Genny Carley, who is not 30 yet, wishes she could participate, "my dad has been diagnosed with a chronic leukemia. So, in a personal aspect I am disappointed, because I am not able to be in that prevention and be involved right now. Not to say in future studies I won't be able to."
For now, Genny is helping by serving as liaison between U of M Flint's Rec Center and the American Cancer Society. She gets the word out and gets people signed up.
She says some people do get nervous about being in a study, "when you explain to them the benefits of the prevention of doing CPS-3, and the impacts CPS-1 and 2 have had on the community and really nationwide, cuz this is a nationwide study, then they step back and say maybe giving a bit of a blood sample isn't a big deal. "
When you sign up, there is a blood draw, and a questionnaire. You can actually fill out a lot of the application online. Then, you go about living your life, and every couple of years the American Cancer Society sends you a survey to see what is new.
"We really want to know how active you are, the things that you are involved in, different things that go on in your lifestyle because that is really what the link between cancer and prevention is right now," Genny says.
Kristy Cook says to participate is to be a part of history, "It's a once in a lifetime, unique opportunity!"
The folks at the American Cancer Society assure me all information you give is completely confidential. You can visit the CPS-3 website and fill out an application, and make an appointment to register this Saturday at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Flint.
You do not have to participate in the walk to sign up. For more information, click HERE.
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