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OHIO surpasses American Cancer Society expectations

Two additional screenings are available to those unable to participate in the Oct. 9 event

The Ohio University Athens Campus community answered the call to participate in an American Cancer Society prevention study with overwhelming support. Final numbers indicate 109 OHIO individuals registered to take part in the Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3), surpassing the anticipated total by 13 registrations.

The call to participate in the historic research study began in mid-September and less than a week before the Oct. 9 screening date scheduled at Baker University Center, registration was at capacity, said Amy Magorien of the American Cancer Society.

"I am in awe of the response from the OHIO community -- to be at registration capacity seven days before your enrollment is an exciting position to be in -- and reflects how this University understands the role of research and prevention in relation to a cure for cancer and other diseases," Magorien said.

The CPS – 3 is, as the name suggests, the third study of its kind. The studies began in the 1950s and have provided breakthroughs such as identifying the link between cigarette smoking and cancer. The CPS – 3 aims to identify new and emerging cancer risks and arm scientists with the knowledge for better treatment and prevention. Magorien explained while the national goal is to enroll 300,000 adults between the ages of 30 and 65 of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds and no personal history of cancer, the goal in Athens County is to enroll 224 participants.

"I have received such positive feedback from the community," Magorien said. "Unfortunately, almost everyone has been touched by cancer and to be able to give back in a way that may change someone's diagnosis is empowering. Many people have been encouraged that the Athens area will be represented in this study that covers the entire United States."

Magorien said it's not too late for people still interested in participating. Screenings are scheduled at O'Bleness Memorial Hospital on Oct. 19 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and at Nelsonville York Elementary School on Oct. 22 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Registration can be completed by visiting AthensCPS3.org.