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March 28, 2013

Champions sought for nationwise cancer prevention study in Cullman

American Cancer Society seeks residents interested in fighting back against cancer

CULLMAN — What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer”? The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in the Cullman area who are interested in helping to spread the word about the importance of participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

A Volunteer Interest Meeting and Community Champion Training will take place on April 3 at Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Colonel Cullman Room beginning at noon. The event will begin with registration at 11:45 a.m. CPS-3 champions will receive all the information they need to help educate and recruit community members to enroll in CPS-3 this coming July.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Kristen Taylor, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for area residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at their convenience on July 30.

“While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved,” added Alison Shirley, American Cancer Society Health Initiatives Representative.

Anyone who is interested in becoming a champion is welcome to do so – there are no specific age or other eligibility requirements. There are, however, eligibility considerations for those who wish to enroll in the study. Men and women who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Taylor. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 champion. For more information about the Volunteer Interest Meeting and Community Champion Training, please contact Kristen Taylor at 205-558-7861 or via email at kristen.f.taylor@cancer.org or Alison Shirley at 205-930-8884 or via email at Alison.shirley@cancer.org. For more information about CPS-3 or to enroll, visit cps3cullman.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

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