Cancer is a word heard too often here at LifeShare Blood Centers and in our community. That is why we are fighting back against this disease with the American Cancer Society by encouraging you to consider taking part in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Knowing the importance of cancer research, LifeShare has agreed to be a promotional partner for the study in the North Louisiana area. We are extending this message to encourage everyone in the area to be a Community Champion and/or enroll in the study.
The ultimate goal of CPS-3 is to enroll men and women from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. to participate in a study that will help researches better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will save lives.
American Cancer Society studies began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants. These studies have led to discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers. The new CPS-3 will help researchers build on evidence from previous studies, and help bring us closer to eliminating cancer as a major health burden for this and future generations.
To enroll in the study you must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer. Enrollment will be available during the week of July 23 – 27 at these community host sites: YMCA, Christus Highland, and Stonewall Missionary Baptist Church. You can schedule an appointment by visiting www.cps3northla.org (no signups or blood drawn at LifeShare Blood Centers).
Participating is easy and involves the following steps:
- Visit www.cps3northla.org to schedule your appointment. Appointments will take place during July 23-27.
- After scheduling your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to go online and complete the comprehensive survey which will ask for detailed information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to health.
- At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a short survey, and provide a waist measure and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
- At home, you will be asked to complete mailed surveys every few years over the next 20-30 years to update lifestyle, medical, and behavioral information.
Your appointment should last 20-30 minutes. Completing the comprehensive survey online prior to your appointment will take approximately 45-60 minutes. All personal information and any individual results of blood analyses that may be performed will be kept strictly confidential by CPS-3 research staff. There will be no cost to you to participate.
If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about this opportunity. Anyone can become a Community Champion by registering online and helping others sign up for the study.
This is our chance to fight back against a disease that takes too much. I hope you will take part in this historic study and share this message with all those you know who want to join in this fight.