Published Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Landmark cancer study to offer Newnan enrollment site

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The American Cancer Society today that the Newnan Summit Family YMCA in Coweta County will be an enrollment site for the Society’s landmark Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3).

CPS-3 enrollment will be held at the Newnan YMCA on Thursday, March 7, 10 a.m. – 2 pm., and Tuesday, March 12, 7 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The Coweta County site is among 21 locations throughout the metro area to make it convenient for metro Atlantans to participate in the study, which will change the face of cancer for generations to come.

The locations include 17 YMCAs.

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are urged to participate in CPS-3, which will enroll people throughout the metro Atlanta area March 1 through March 15, 2013.

The society is seeking to enroll 5,000 residents of metro Atlanta and 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

The American Cancer Society is partnering with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta and several other locations to provide enrollment sites in nine counties, including Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett and Newton.

CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

“By partnering with the YMCA and providing 21 locations for CPS-3 enrollment, we are making it as easy as possible for Atlanta residents to take part in this life-changing study,” says Randy Redner, the American Cancer Society’s Vice President for Georgia.

“By taking a little time to enroll in CPS-3, we all have the ability to contribute to the knowledge bank on the causes of cancer and to help develop new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer to save more lives. And make no mistake – when you enroll in CPS-3, you will indeed save lives for your children’s and your grandchildren’s generations and beyond.”

To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral behavioral and other factors related to your health; have your waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample.

Upon completion of this process, the society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update your information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately an hour to complete.

Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals enrolled in the study.

Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants.

For a list of all metro Atlanta CPS-3 enrollment sites, dates and times or for more information on CPS-3, visit www.cps3atlanta.com or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

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