The American Cancer Society is hoping to enroll more than 1,300 southwestern Ohio residents in a long-term, nationwide cancer prevention study.
It is seeking participants between the ages of 30 and 65 years who, after the initial enrollment process, are willing to fill out periodic follow-up surveys in their homes for the next 20-30 years. The participants must have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer).
Heather Robison, health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society, explained that the American Cancer Society’s research study, called Cancer Prevention Study-3, hopes to find connections between those who may become diagnosed with cancer and determine if there is a connection with those who do not. The study is attempting to enroll about 300,000 people nationwide who have not been diagnosed with cancer.
Robison said the Miami Valley was chosen because the area has had large enrollments in the American Cancer Society’s fund-raising Relay for Life events and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
The American Cancer Society has conducted other nationwide, long-term cancer prevention studies. CPS I, that ran from 1952-72, enrolled 1 million men and women in 25 states to address tobacco use and other exposures, including obesity. CPS II, that began in 1982 and is ongoing, included 1.2 million people in 50 states. It was the first to establish the link between overweight and obesity and a higher risk of various types of cancers. CPS II Nutrition Cohort, that began in 1992 and is ongoing, was designed to better understand how diet and lifestyle factors affect cancer risks.
By enrolling in the latest study, people can make a different in cancer research.
“It’s a good way for individuals to get involved,” Robison said.
The American Cancer Society will have enrollment locations in Montgomery, Greene and Clark counties and Cincinnati in May and June. However, people from neighboring counties may also enroll in the study.
To enroll, a person must schedule an appointment at one of the enrollment events taking place in southwestern Ohio. To do this, a person could visit the website, www.cancer.org/CPS3.org or call (888) 604-5888 and talk with a representative who will register people for a site.
At the enrollment event, the participant will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a written survey, provide a waist circumference measurement and a blood sample. The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
Robison said the CPS-3 study is the first to ask participants for a blood sample. She explained that the blood sample could be used to measure hormones, nutrients, vitamins, chemicals, metals and genetic factors that may be related to a risk of developing cancer. This will be the only blood sample taken during the study. After the initial enrollment, participants will just have to complete periodic surveys.
Participants will then be asked to complete another survey at home. This survey asks information about lifestyle, behavior and other factors related to the participant’s health.
Robison said that participants will then be asked to complete other surveys either by mail or online in the coming years. An enrolled participant can expect to spend a total of eight hours working on this study over the course of 20-30 years.
Christ Episcopal Church, 409 E. High St., Springfield, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21
Springfield Regional Medical Center, 100 Medical Center Drive, Springfield, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 22
Wittenberg University, Shouvlin Center, 737 N. Fountain Ave., Springfield, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 23
Wright State University, Millett Atrium, 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway, Fairborn, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22
Christ Episcopal Church, Parish Hall, 68 E. Church St., Xenia, 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29
Beavercreek Fire Department, training room, 2195 Dayton-Xenia Road, Beavercreek, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1
Summit Christian Church, 4021Denlinger Road, Trotwood, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18
Hospice of Dayton – Community Room, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22
Vandalia Recreation Center – Special Events Room, 1111 Stonequarry Road, Vandalia, 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6
Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 18
Good Samaritan Hospital, 375 Dixmyth Ave., Cincinnati, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 19
Kroger Blue Ash Technical Center, Conference Room 1, 11450 Grooms Road, Cincinnati, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 20
Kroger Corporate Headquarters, 3rd Floor conference room, 1014 Vine St. Cincinnati, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 27