Volunteers Needed for Cancer Study

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (April 10, 2013) – 400 people from the Springfield area have the opportunity to help researchers learn more about what causes cancer and how to prevent it. Mercy is a local partner, helping the American Cancer Society (ACS) recruit volunteers for a nationwide study called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Nationwide, ACS will enroll at least 300,000 volunteers.

Enrolling is easy. You’re eligible if you’re 30 to 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer (excluding basal or squamous cell cancer). You must also be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which includes completing periodic follow-up surveys. Those will take an hour or less to complete and will be sent every few years.

Eligible participants are invited to the Catherine McAuley Conference Center, just inside the main entrance to Mercy Hospital Springfield, on Wednesday, April 24 from 2- 6 p.m. Enrollment will include signing a consent form, completing a written survey, providing physical measurements, and giving a small blood sample.

“We all have family members who have lost their battle with cancer. This is our chance to fight back against a disease that takes too much,” said Amanda Gray, program coordinator with the Mercy Cancer Resource Center.

CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Previous studies have confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and cancer, as well as the impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.

For more information about the Cancer Prevention Study and enrollment, visit this page.

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