LaGrange County Relay for Life has enrolled 340 participants in Cancer Prevention Study-3, a long-term study to better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer. Supporting Relay for Life ensures the funding for this study and other American Cancer Society Programs.
The goal of CPS-3 is to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and, ultimately, to help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations. Study participants will be asked to: read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide physical measurements such as waist size, weight, height, blood pressure, and heart rate, and give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor's visit).
At home, participants will receive periodic follow-up surveys and research updates through annual newsletters. Participants will be followed for at least 20 years. This means that once someone is enrolled, they will be contacted every two years with mailed questionnaires to answer.
The study will begin by collecting information on various exposures from individuals who do not have cancer and this information will be updated over time.
As cases of cancer or other diseases develop, those participants who develop cancer will be compared with those participants who do not. By doing so, the differences in lifestyle, environment, and genetic factors between people who get cancer and those who do not, what the likely risk factors are for cancer, and how to best prevent disease in the future, can be understood.
More information on CPS-3 is available at http://www.cancer. org/cps3and or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
For more information on LaGrange County Relay For Life, contact Suzanne Priestley at 269-503-3810.