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Help Make History In Augusta

March 05, 2012

Augusta, GA – 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 Augusta 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.  The American Cancer Society is partnering with Doctors Hospital of Augusta, Georgia Health Sciences Cancer Center and University Hospital for this exciting study.

A kick-off event will take place on Wednesday, March 7th, at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad Street, in Chafee Hall. The event will begin with registration and breakfast at 8:00 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:15 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 April.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Danielle Truan, Community Manager, American Cancer Society Augusta office. “We are excited to offer an opportunity for residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at their convenience April 17th through the 19th. Our goal is to recruit 50 or more CPS-3 Champions who will help us recruit and enroll 500 community participants for the CPS-3 study.  In order to reach these targets, we need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer and finding a cure for this disease. 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.”

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 Truan. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent it.”

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.

To RSVP for the CPS-3 Champion Kick-Off, please call your local American Cancer Society office at 706-731-9900.

For more information about CPS-3, visit www.cps3augusta.com or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.