Plattsburgh Joins the Movement to Prevent Cancer

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Enrollment in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 in Plattsburgh, made possible by Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital Medical Center

Plattsburgh, NY (April 5, 2011) – Residents of the Champlain Valley have a remarkable opportunity to join the movement to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by participating in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic research study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

Men and women who are willing to commit to the long-term study, are between the ages of 30 and 65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in CPS-3, which will enroll a diverse population of half a million people across the United States. Enrollment for CPS-3 will take place in Plattsburgh, New York at the CVPH Medical Center on April 7, 2011 (12:00pm – 7:30pm) and April 8, 2011 (7:00am – 1:30pm).

This opportunity in Plattsburgh is the first time in the entire country that a medical center is partnering with the American Cancer Society to make CPS-3 enrollment possible at their facility. In the past recrutiment for the study has been through local Relay For Life events.

“CVPH Medical Center is collaborating with the American Cancer Society to educate the community and CVPH staff about the importance of the Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) and to provide the facility for the American Cancer Society to enroll participants,” said Shawn Rogers, Director of Oncology Services, FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH.

Linda Boire, Volunteer Chair of CPS-3, and trained volunteers will be present to facilitate the enrollment, and will be promoting the opportunity to CVPH employees and other contacts. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

“I think this is a wonderful study. I lost my mom to cancer and it was agonizing to see the pain she endured in her last few months with us. With confidence, I know this study will produce information that will help educate and perhaps prevent cancer. If it favorably impacts only one life, it is worth it,” stated one study participant.

The enrollment process involves completing a comprehensive baseline survey (which can be done online prior to the in-person appointment, or in person at the appointment) and a short enrollment survey, in addition to having some physical measurements taken (heart rate, blood pressure, waist circumference, etc.), and giving a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit – 7 teaspoons total) at the local enrollment site. The blood sample will be drawn by a trained, certified phlebotomist. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to complete follow-up surveys every few years and will be sent annual newsletters updating them on study findings.

“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.”

Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, showed that obesity increases the risk of several cancers, and demonstrated the connection between sitting time and high waist circumference and early death. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the more than two decades since its launch make it important to begin a new cohort.

Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths will be sent every few years to individuals. The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. “We are once again looking to the dedication, compassion, and generosity of Americans to come through and help us provide answers that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,” said Dr. Patel.

To schedule your appointment at the CVPH Medical Center, please go to: ( For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Additional Resources:
Cancer Prevention Study-3

CVPH Medical Center
Video: Cancer Prevention Study-3
Donald Distasio & Kris Kim talk about CPS3 in New York and New Jersey


About the American Cancer Society
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