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Cancer Study Needs 500 Local Volunteers

Posted at: 03/11/2013 5:27 PM
Updated at: 03/13/2013 4:02 PM
By: Maarja Anderson
manderson@wdio.com

In this year alone, more than 1.4 million people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer. To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting 300,000 adults across the nation for their new research study, known as the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

In the Twin Ports Monday, leaders met to encourage local enrollment. They are looking for 500 men and women to help with the study.

"This is important to me...to honor the spirit of those who have fought through and won their battle with cancer and very much to honor the spirit of those caregivers," said Marjorie Johnson of the American Cancer Society in Duluth.

The American Cancer Society has researched cancer since the 1950's with long-term survey studies that look at factors like lifestyle and genetics. The first two studies linked tobacco use and obesity to cancer.

"Today we take it for granted that smoking causes lung cancer, but in the 1950's it took 3 years, 22,000 volunteers, and 188,000 study participants to prove it," said Pamela Franklin, the RN Coordinator at Arrowhead Parish.

To be eligible to participate, you must be: between 30 and 65 years old, have never been diagnosed with cancer, and be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing a follow-up survey every few years.

According to the American Cancer Society, the enrollment process is simple and involves two phases. First, people make an appointment to sign a consent form, complete a short survey, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample.

Twin Ports residents can schedule an appointment online at www.cps3TwinPorts.org.

Appointments will take place April 2-6 across the Twin Ports at the following locations: US Bank, First Covenant Church, Peace in Christ Lutheran Church, St. Michael's Catholic Church, Asbury United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church, Superior Public Library, and Mariner Mall in Superior.

The second phase includes a more-detailed survey filled-out at home. The survey will ask for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health.