It’s easy to feel helpless when watching a friend or relative fight cancer.
You do what you can, but you wish you could do more.
At least you don’t have to feel helpless when it comes to helping keep future generations cancer free.
You can fight back against cancer by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s research study called the Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). The deadline to register is Aug. 27.
CPS-3 will look at about 300,000 Americans during an extended period to see what makes getting cancer more likely and what might help prevent it.
But participants are needed. The only enrollment requirements are that you’ve never been diagnosed with cancer, you’re between 30 and 65 years old and you’re willing to commit to a long-term study involving follow-up surveys periodically during the next 20 to 30 years.
And, most of your involvement can take place from the comfort of your home.
“These large, long-term studies, such as the Women’s Health Initiative, the Framingham Heart Study, and now CPS-3, generate valuable data that we can mine in several ways,” says medical oncologist Joseph Kash, medical director of clinical research at the Edward Cancer Center and member of the Edward Hematology Oncology Group.
“They can give us grounds for recommending key lifestyle changes to our patients. They also can point to some promising areas for future research. And occasionally, the blood stored from these studies can provide answers years later to medical questions we haven’t anticipated.”
Edward Cancer Center is partnering with the American Cancer Society by providing two of the area enrollment sites for the study — in Naperville: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 on the campus of Edward Hospital, 801 S. Washington St.; and Plainfield, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10 on the Edward Plainfield campus, 24600 W. 127th St. Enrollment dates later in September are available at other health-care locations in the western suburbs.
Enrollment in the study requires two steps:
Online scheduling of an in-person enrollment appointment at a health-care location in the western suburbs (Sept. 10 to 20) and completion of a comprehensive online survey to answer questions about medications being taken, family history of cancer, lifestyle and other behaviors. To do this, visit www.cps3illinois.org.
An in-person enrollment appointment at which participants will sign an informed consent document, complete a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement and small blood sample.
Periodically during the next 20 to 30 years, you’ll be asked to fill out additional but shorter surveys, which will be mailed to your home. You’ll also receive newsletters with study updates.
The American Cancer Society research staff will keep all personal information collected during the study strictly confidential, including blood test results.
There is no cost to participate.
For more information, visit www.cps3illinois.org or call 800-227-2345.
Health Aware is a weekly column submitted by Edward Hospital.