Volunteers Needed For CPS-3 Cancer Study
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A new study from the American Cancer Society hopes to make ground-breaking advances in learning the underlying causes of cancer. The catch? They need the help of hundreds of thousands of participants.
Study volunteers say it requires very little effort from those involved, but could have a huge impact on the future of cancer research.
The cancer prevention study known as CPS-3 will follow 300,000 between the ages of 30 and 65 with no previous history of cancer, hoping to shed light on lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that can both contribute to - and prevent - the disease.
"It doesn't matter how old you are, the color of your skin, or your gender, cancer affects everyone," says Champion Lead Volunteer Sarah Catalanotto, "so this study focuses on cancer prevention, and prevention is so important in helping us eliminate cancer."
After an initial health screening, study participation for the next several years is minimal.
"All they have to do is fill [surveys] out in the comfort of their own home and send it back, that's pretty much what's involved," says Catalanotto.
North Florida Regional Medical Center is the only enrollment site in Gainesville, and West Marion Community Hospital is the only enrollment site in Ocala. These are the only participating locations in North Central Florida. To volunteer, participants must sign up for a brief health screening during scheduled apointment days in October. You can view specific dates, sign up online, and learn more by visiting the American Cancer Society's CPS-3 website.
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