By Lisa Honig
What if you could personally participate in research that could help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer? What if your involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations? What if you could make it so just one family never had to hear the words “you have cancer?”
To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting 300,000 men and women across the US and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). If you are between 30 and 65 years of age and never been diagnosed with cancer then I invite you to join me on June 13th at the Physicians Regional Clinic Marco Island where together we can participate in a once in a lifetime research project. Cancer survivors and those who do not qualify are asked to help spread the word, and encourage family members and friends to enroll.
This is the third study conducted by the American Cancer Society since the 1950’s. Earlier studies found the link between smoking and lung cancer and more recently studies have found ties between obesity, larger waist sizes and cancer. Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer and will ultimately lead them to finding a cure.
It is simple to enroll and will only take a few minutes of your time. It starts with going to our website and finding the location closest to you. If you will not be here in June, check the website for locations in your area. For those of you that would prefer to enroll in Naples we will be enrolling participants at both Physicians Regional Hospitals on June 11th or June 12th . Once you select your appointment time you will then be asked to complete an online assessment about your health history. When your appointment day arrives you will be asked to complete a shorter survey packet, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measurement. Enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes. From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic mailed surveys (every few years for 20 years).
Are you ready to enroll? Go to www.cancer.org/cps3florida to get started. Appointments are encouraged so that we have the right amount of staff on site to make your enrollment experience a positive and quick one. Walk-ins will be taken on a space available basis.
We want to thank Physicians Regional for their support and for providing our host sites for the study:
- June 11, 2013 (Pine Ridge Campus) 6101 Pine Ridge Rd. Naples, 10AM-2PM
- June 12, 2013 (Collier Blvd Campus) 8300 Collier Blvd. Naples, 3:30PM-7:30PM
- June 13, 2013 (Marco Island Clinic) 1839 San Marco Road, Marco Island, 10AM-2PM
In addition to participating in the study we are looking for volunteers to help on site the day(s) of the event. We are also looking for individuals and businesses to sign on as CPS-3 Champions and help us spread the word about the study and be the catalysts for encouraging others to join the study. If you would like to volunteer, be a Champion or have any questions about CPS-3, please contact me at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891.
This is an ongoing series of columns dedicated to informing the Marco Island community about The American Cancer Society, the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. The Marco Island American Cancer Society office is located at 583 Tallwood, Unit 101 and is open daily from 9AM-5PM. For more information about volunteer opportunities, events and services please contact Lisa Honig at 239-642-8800 ext. 3891.