Fighting Back Through CPS3

Gordon and Liz Allen


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Lewis County, NY – June 26, 2012 – Lewis County resident, Gordon Allen, has always been a part of the fight to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. His past involvement as county chair organizing the annual cancer drive and participation in Relay for Life has made him an admirable member of his community. So when he and his wife, Liz, received a request to enroll in a cancer study, he never realized that one day his input could help lead to unlocking a modern-day dilemma, “what causes cancer?”

Upon hearing those three horrifying words in 2000, “you have cancer” Allen learned that about 90% of his bladder was consumed by a vicious tumor. “I'll forever remember the moment, “ said Allen, “ the doctor kept asking me if I heard him. I said yes, but I was having trouble concentrating on his exact words. I was scared.” A very real moment that happened to about 1.5 million Americans in 2011 (Cancer Facts and Figures-2011). After 6 long months consisting of 3 surgeries (cystoscopies) and treatment to remove the cancer from his body, Allen is clean of the disease and is currently in remission.

Today, Gordon is promoting the next generation of the survey that has the potential to reveal what lead to his cancer. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 is a long-term commitment from volunteers ages 30 to 65 that have never been diagnosed with cancer. The 20-year study requires participants to initially complete a 30-minute survey, give a blood sample, and waist measurement, then continue to complete small surveys and submit waist measurements every 2-years throughout the course of the study. The hope of this research is to help scientists develop a better understanding of what genetic and environmental lifestyle factors are typically related to cancer.

"Had it not been for the research done and the medicine and materials used to keep me healthy, I wouldn't be here today. I'm just grateful for all that the American Cancer Society has done with the research that has been accomplished in the past," said Gordon. Past results from Cancer Prevention Studies have confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, showed that obesity increases the risk of several cancers, and linked aspirin use to a lower death rate from colon cancer.

At 73 years old, Gordon and his wife are very active in Relay for Life and says the event helps put him in a “fight back” frame of mind. To learn more about CPS3 in your community, visit CPS3 or email


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