Today, we all know smoking is directly linked to lung cancer. What you may not fully realize is that the connection was discovered through the efforts of 22,000 volunteers and 188,000 participants over the course of three years. The Hammond-Horn Study began in 1952 and focused on the effect of cigarette smoking on death rates from cancer and other diseases. Following those 188,000 men through 1955 was enough to prove the point; the Surgeon General soon issued a warning label recommending smokers kick the habit.
Today, the American Cancer Society is recruiting participants for another long-term study; one that could have just as significant an impact on our understanding of cancer as Hammond-Horn. It’s called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (or CPS-3 for short), and the goal is to enroll at least 300,000 participants from across the country and to follow the group over time to understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll in this study. Enrollment involves filling out a health survey (prior to the enrollment event), a waist measurement and a small blood sample. Study participants will be asked to commit to filling out follow-up health surveys every couple of years for the next 20-30 years.
Enrollment events are scheduled for the following dates and locations:
Hollow Creek Golf Club: March 19th, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Monocacy Valley Church: March 20th, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.
FMH Wellness Center: March 21st, 4:00 – 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church: March 22nd, 7 – 10:30 a.m.
Sport and Health: March 23rd, 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.
FMH Regional Cancer Therapy Center: March 23rd, 8 – 11:30 a.m.
You can sign up for an enrollment appointment online at www.CPS3FrederickCounty.org. After signing up, you’ll receive a confirmation email with instructions to go online and complete your first, most comprehensive survey. This survey will ask questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, etc.
After the enrollment event you can sit back and relax. The American Cancer Society will send you a survey every few years to update lifestyle, medical and behavioral information. All personal information and blood analysis results will be kept strictly confidential.
This is our chance to fight back against a disease that takes too much. For more information on CPS-3, please visit http://www.cancer.org/cps3 or call 1-888-604-5888.