Local participants needed for cancer study
by Erin Dentmon
edentmon@cherokeetribune.com
February 24, 2013 12:00 AM | 1491 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With less than two weeks to go, the American Cancer Society is looking to enroll nearly 3,000 more metro Atlanta residents in Cancer Prevention Study-3, a long-term study focusing on better understanding the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

In Cherokee County, enrollments will take place March 5 and 6 at the G. Cecil Pruett YMCA in Canton.

CPS-3 is open to anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who has never been diagnosed with cancer.

Study participants will be followed for at least 20 years through periodic at-home surveys.

More than 2,100 Atlanta-area residents have signed up to participate. The goal for metro Atlanta is 5,000 study participants.

Nationwide, ACS set

a goal of having 300,000 people participate in the cancer research study.

Enrollment will include a comprehensive health and lifestyle survey, a waist measurement and giving a small blood sample. Appointments should take less than an hour.

Enrollment is scheduled for multiple locations in metro Atlanta during the first half of March.

Dani Walsh of ACS said the organization is right on track with signing up study participants.

“We had expected it would be a big push toward the end. People can sometimes wait until the last minute,” she said. The goal for this week is to reach 3,000 participants in metro Atlanta.

Cherokee County has about 30 champions working to enroll participants. A total of 72 have signed up in Cherokee County, Walsh said.

Local volunteer Robert Sprague is one of those 30 champions. He’s been speaking to civic groups and talking to YMCA visitors about signing up for the study.

He said the response to the information has been positive.

“When you can correlate it to past cancer studies, and how those found the tobacco link, and what this might mean over generations...I think that’s pretty exciting,” he said.

A past ACS study first showed the correlation between smoking and cancer.

Study participants can sign up or schedule an enrollment appointment at www.cps3atlanta.org.

For more information about participating, call the ACS Kennesaw office or call Sprague at (770) 825-3037.

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