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American Cancer Society begins cancer research study

Residents asked to join effort
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CPS-3 Kickoff

When: 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26

Where: Sutter Roseville Medical Center 1 Medical Plaza, Roseville

Info: www.cancer.org/cps3

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, (888) 604-5888.

The American Cancer Society is holding a kickoff for Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a large-scale, long-term study looking at the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. The society is looking for a host of “community champions” who will spread the word about enrollment opportunities locally, and help recruit new volunteers to join the study.

An American Cancer Society “community champion” is an individual who is willing to talk to friends, family, co-workers and the community about enrolling in the study. Community champion volunteers will be trained and given materials for recruitment.

To enroll in the study, the society needs men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer. More than 300,000 enrollees of diverse backgrounds are needed from across the United States.

Residents of these communities will have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

After the kickoff, enrollees can sign up for CPS-3 at the most convenient location near them. Appointments are available online at www.greatersacramentocps3.org. To enroll in the study, individuals will go to a local enrollment location 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 20-30 minutes to complete. Upon completion of this process, the society will continue to send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys completed at home will take an hour or less of time to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.