Your chance to help fight cancer
Now is your chance to make a difference. In partnership with the American Cancer Society, OhioHealth is seeking to enroll 600 central Ohio volunteers in a national, long-term research study to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
This is a rare opportunity for ordinary citizens to participate in a landmark study that will significantly advance our knowledge and understanding of cancer and work to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for generations to come. Outcomes are expected to influence public health policy and perhaps public opinion.
The American Cancer Society’s CPS-3 (Cancer Prevention Study — 3) is the third largest, national cancer preventions study the Cancer Society has conducted since 1959. CPS-1 (1959–1972) and CPS-II (1982-ongoing) have addressed a wide range of environmental, lifestyle and nutritional issues that have decreased the risk of cancer.
OhioHealth is the host partner for CPS-3, responsible for driving participation in our area. Grady Memorial Hospital and the Delaware Health Center are among nine central Ohio locations enrolling patients Aug. 7 through 14.
Enrollment at Grady will be from 7 to 11 a.m. Aug. 10, and at Delaware Health Center from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14.
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer, other than skin cancer, are invited to join this historic study.
We have made enrollment as easy as possible. You can schedule an appointment at CentralOhioCPS3.org where you will receive instructions to complete a 45– to 60-minute online survey. You can then visit one of our sites listed on the website for a 20– to 30-minute enrollment procedure that will include completing a short survey packet, signing a consent form and providing a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample.
For the next 20 to 30 years, you will then be asked to complete a mailed survey every few years to update your information. The survey will include questions about your family history, lifestyle choices and environmental exposures. You will also receive an annual study newsletter to update you on the research results. The Cancer Society´s Epidemiology Research Program is seeking to enroll at least 300,000 adults nationwide from various racial-ethnic backgrounds.
If you are unable to enroll, please tell friends, neighbors, coworkers, family members and other loved ones about the opportunity. If you are close to someone who has or has had cancer, participation in this study is one of the best ways to show your support.
OhioHealth has encouraged all of its eligible associates to volunteer for the study and I have personally enrolled. Please join me for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
For more information, visit CentralOhioCPS3.org, email email@example.com or call 888–604-5888.
Steve Garlock is senior vice president of cancer services for OhioHealth.