The American Cancer Society is calling on Connecticut residents to participate in its latest cancer prevention study, CPS-3. The society hopes to recruit 300,000 adults across the country by December 31.
Michelle Wolf, Connecticut State Vice president for health initiatives at the ACS says, “This study’s focusing on environmental causes of cancer, genetics, lifestyle, obesity, nutrition.”
On Tuesday, the Cancer Society set up an enrollment site at Stamford’s Government Center. The study is open to adults between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.
Wolf says, “When they come they will fill out a survey that will take about 15 minutes of their time. We will then do a waist measurement, have them do a small blood draw, and that’s it and then in two to three years they’ll hear from us with an update, a follow-up survey.”
“It was easy, painless, it didn’t take long,” says study participant Kathi Cavanna. “It took like maybe 15 minutes so it was really good.
Wolf says CPS-3 is the organization’s fourth large-scale cancer prevention study since the 1950s. She says 240,000 people have enrolled in the study so far.
Study participant Hope Levensohn says, “I know many people affected by this disease and if there was anything I could do to reduce the occurrence of it, then I would do it.”
Claudia Rimerman says, “My mom had cancer, my grandmother had cancer so I thought it would be interesting to participate.”
“I have children and hopefully someday grandchildren and I want them to be able to hopefully find a cure for this,” says Cavanna
Wolf says, “It really can help us make a huge impact in the fight against cancer.”
People can enroll in the study this week at the following locations in Stamford and Norwalk:
Wednesday, June 19: American Cancer Society Regional Center in Norwalk, 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 20: Stamford Hospital, 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Friday, June 21: Tully Health Center in Stamford, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
For more information about CPS-3 and how to participate, visit www.cancer.org/cps3NE