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Memorial Hospital and the American Cancer Society Seek CPS-3 Cancer Prevention Research Study Volunteers



Jessica Barnes, Manager of Memorial Hospital's Admissions Department, was one of the first hospital employees to sign up to participate in the American Cancer Society's CPS-3 cancer prevention research study. Kristen Nuss, American Cancer Society Income Development Representative was available to answer questions and provide additional information.

Memorial Hospital in Towanda and The American Cancer Society are proud to announce that local residents have an historic opportunity to help finish the fight against cancer.

Memorial Hospital is partnering with the Society to be one of three sites where Bradford County residents can sign up for the Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The study will help identify genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer.

"We are proud to join the American Cancer Society in helping find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer," stated Patty Dawsey, Director of Community Relations & Resource Development of Memorial Hospital. "This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone to help join the fight against cancer. We are proudly promoting it to staff and the community."

Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the CPS-3.

"We are proud to have Memorial Hospital as a partner in CPS-3," said Kathy Mannello, health initiatives representative for the Society. "Anyone who has been touched by cancer can fight back by going to BradfordCPS3.org to volunteer."

The study is seeking individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 with no personal diagnosis of cancer, other than skin cancer. Sign up for an appointment online and fill out a confidential survey on lifestyle, behavior, and other factors before your appointment.

At the enrollment, you will sign a consent form as well as a brief survey, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample. It should take just 20-30 minutes to enroll. From then, volunteers will fill out follow-up surveys online or through the mail every two years for the next 20 or 30 years. The surveys take less than an hour to complete and you never have to make another appointment.

"Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, 'What caused my cancer?' In many cases, we don't know the answer," said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3.

"CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer." Dr. Patel added, "Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved."

The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. "Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey - and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future - is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We're looking for more like-minded individuals in Bradford County to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations," said Dr. Patel.

In addition to Memorial Hospital on June 13, appointments are available at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Wyalusing on June 8 and at Guthrie Health on June 14. To schedule an enrollment appointment, visit BradfordCPS3.org. For more information, call 1-888-604-5888

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About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates.

Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation's largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more.

For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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MEMORIAL HOSPTIAL
Press Release
March 25, 2013
Contact: Jeff Russell 268-2444