Residents of Solano County have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.
The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is asking men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the United States, with 400 of those coming from Solano County.
CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities can support cancer research by participating actively in this historic research study. With CPS-3 Solano County residents a historic opportunity – a once in a generation opportunity – to be personally involved in research that will advance our understanding of the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors that cause cancer. CPS-3 will help us identify trends between lifestyle patterns and incidence of cancer – trends that can limit, and in most cases prevent cancer altogether.
Enrollment is taking place in Solano County from Oct. 29 to Nov. 12 only, and residents are asked to make their appointments by going to www.cps3solano.org.
“This is Solano County’s only chance to be part of cancer research history by participating in CPS-3,” said Deryl Wallace, American Cancer Society CPS-3 staff lead for Solano County. “We’re looking for men and women between the ages of 30 -65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and want to help change the course of cancer.”
To enroll in the study, individuals will go to one of five enrollment sites in Solano County and will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete; about the same amount of time it takes to have dinner.
At home, individuals will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. After the initial enrollment, the society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results.
Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations.
Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.
The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come.
“Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey – and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future – is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We know CPS-3 will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,” Wallace said.
For more information or to make an enrollment appointment for CPS-3, visit http://cancer.org/cps3; email cps3@cancer org, or call 1-888-604-5888. For cancer information, visit cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.
Elizabeth Monteadora is the director of Community Health Initiatives, American Cancer Society, Solano, Napa, Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties and is a partner of the Solano Coalition for Better Health.