American Cancer Society seeks volunteers for long-range study

1,000 Wake volunteers sought to join 300,000 from across U.S.

From staff reportsJanuary 17, 2013 

The American Cancer Society is asking Wake County residents ages 30 to 65 without a history of cancer to participate in a research project for the benefit of future generations.

Wake County’s volunteers will join others from across the nation to create a group of 300,000 participants in Cancer Prevention Study-3. It is designed to capture information about behaviors, environmental factors and other lifestyle characteristics over the next three decades.

“It’s the kind of study that has been done in the past to link smoking to cancer and obesity to cancer,” said Kari Dahlstrom, marketing communications director for the ACS Atlanta office.

Researchers need about 1,000 Wake County residents to sign up by telephone or online, then visit one of 10 locations in the county during March to give blood samples and have their waist measurements taken. Afterward, they will receive health questionnaires by mail every two to three years, Dahlstrom said.

“The follow-up participation should be really very easy,” she added.

Although volunteers must have a cancer-free health background, researchers encourage those with family or friends who have had cancer to sign up.

Data from CPS-3 will be added to information gathered beginning in the 1950s through a series of previous American Cancer Society studies, including CPS-1 and -2.

Those studies have helped researchers understand risks associated with the disease, such as smoking, obesity and environmental factors, and played a role in development of public health guidelines and recommendations.

To enroll in CPS-3, visit cps3wakecounty.org or call 1-888-604-5888.

Initial visits will take place at the following Wake locations; hours available for appointments vary:

• State Employees Personnel Development Center, Raleigh, March 12-13.

• St. Raphael the Archangel Catholic Church, Raleigh, March 13-14.

• St. Michael the Archangel, Cary, March 14-15.

• Wendell Baptist Church, March 14.

• Hospice of Wake County, Raleigh, March 15.

• Garner United Methodist Church, March 19-20.

• Factory in Wake Forest, March 19.

• Holly Springs Fire Station, March 21.

• Rex Hospital, Raleigh, March 22.

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