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OHIO Partners with the American Cancer Society for prevention study

The CPS-3 seeks men and women, ages 30-65, with no personal history of cancer

The Ohio University community is invited to participate in a historic study that aims to finish the fight against cancer. University Human Resources (UHR) is partnering with the American Cancer Society to host one location of the Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) local sign-up efforts. The CPS-3 seeks men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer to participate in a nationwide study on the causes and prevention of cancer.

Participants will be required to read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, have waist measurements taken and give a small, non-fasting blood sample taken during the screening Oct. 9 in the Baker Center Multipurpose room. The CPS-3 screening takes place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. More information, including pre-screening enrollment information, is available at AthensCPS3.org.

The study screening will run at the same time UHR will hold its annual Employees Resource Fair. A number of vendors and organizations will be available at employees' fingertips all in one location. Faculty and staff are invited to attend the fair Oct. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Baker University Center Ballroom.

As in previous years, flu shots will be available to employees covered by the University's Anthem/Express Scripts insurance. For more details, follow @OHIO_Compass on Twitter for updated information about the 2013 Employee Resource Fair.

Three Athens County locations offered for CPS-3 screening

The following article, provided by the American Cancer Society, details the CPS-3 research goals and previous Cancer Prevention Study findings.

As it celebrates its 100th birthday, the American Cancer Society is looking to local residents to help finish the fight against cancer by reaching full enrollment in a historic research study. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The Society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people.

The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 will take place at Ohio University on Oct. 9, O'Bleness Memorial Hospital on Oct. 19, and Nelsonville-York Elementary School on Oct. 22.

"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," said Amy Magorien, health initiatives representative with the American Cancer Society. "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."

Signing up 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 non-fasting blood sample like what you'd do during a routine doctor visit. Participants will also complete a more detailed survey at home and will continue to receive periodic follow-up surveys in the future that researchers will use to look for more clues to cancer's causes.

"Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, 'What caused my cancer?' In many cases, we don't know the answer," said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., 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."

CPS-3 is the latest addition to the Society's groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk. Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. But its success depends on members of the community becoming involved. Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from those earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants.

"Among other findings, these cancer prevention studies have 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, said Magorien. "Changes in lifestyle over the past several decades as well as a better understanding of cancer make this latest chapter in this lifesaving series of studies a critical part of continuing the progress we're seeing against the disease."