SAVANNAH — The American Cancer Society is seeking cancer fighters in the Savannah area who are interested in helping to spread the word about the importance of participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3, a nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.
A kickoff event will take place Jan. 9 at the Civic Center. The event will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. with the one-hour program to follow at 8 a.m. CPS-3 participants will receive information to help educate and recruit community members to enroll in CPS-3 Feb. 26-March 1.
“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Amy Riesinger, regional mission delivery director for the American Cancer Society. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
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.
During the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.
To RSVP for the kick off, call 912-355-5196. For more information about CPS-3, go to www.cps3savannah.com.