KINGSPORT — The American Cancer Society (ACS) marked its 100th birthday Wednesday by encouraging Northeast Tennesseans and Southwest Virginians to participate in a research study.
ACS is looking to enroll 600 regional participants — aged 30 to 65 with no personal history of cancer — to enroll in a so-called “Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).”
“By joining this study, people can literally help us save lives, giving future generations more time with families and friends, more memories, more celebrations and more birthdays,” Karen Heaton, health initiatives representative of the American Cancer Society of the Tri-Cities, said in a prepared release. “As the official sponsor of birthdays, celebrating our own 100th birthday in 2013, we can think of no more valuable contribution to the cancer fight.”
Enrolling requires a one-time, in-person visit to read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, have your waist measured, and give a small nonfasting blood sample similar to what would happen at a routine visit to a physician.
Participants will also fill out a more detailed survey at home and continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys.
“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question: ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many ways we don’t know this answer,” said Alpa V. Patel, principal investigator of CPS-3. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
Heaton noted past cancer prevention studies confirmed the link between smoking and lung cancer, plus the impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.
Enrollment for CPS-3 will take place Aug. 6-9 in partnership with the Wellmont Cancer Institute and YWCA of Bristol. Participants can schedule an appointment by visiting: cps3northeasttn.org or cps3swva.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
Participants will be followed for at least 20 years, according to ACS, which is seeking at least 300,000 people to be in the study.
ACS says individual information will be kept confidential. Participants will not receive direct payments to be in the study.
Enrollment locations will be at the YWCA of Bristol on Aug. 6 from 2 to 6:30 p.m.; Bristol Regional Medical Center on Aug. 7 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; Kingsport’s Holston Valley Medical Center on Aug. 8 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Southwest Virginia Cancer Center on Aug. 9 from 7 to 11:30 a.m.; and Wellmont Medical Associates Oncology and Hematology at Allandale on Aug. 9 from 1 to 5:30 p.m.
For more about ACS, go to www.cancer.org.