New York State Workers Can Enroll in Cancer Research Study

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American Cancer Society partners with PEF, CSEA, GOER for Cancer Prevention Study-3

 

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Albany, NY (April 6, 2012) – Members of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) and Public Employees Federation (PEF) have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.  Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).  Local enrollment also is being supported by the NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations and is open to the general public as well as state workers.

CSEA and PEF members can enroll in CPS-3 during these sessions that will be held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Meeting Room 1:

•    Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 10am-1:30pm
•    Thursday, May 3, 2012, 7am-1:30pm

Prior registration for enrollment is suggested.  To schedule an appointment, go to: www.cps3albany.org.

“CSEA members are always willing to step up to help in their communities,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue. “CSEA's partnership with the American Cancer Society will help one day end this disease that affects us all.”

CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to participate in such vital research,” said PEF President Ken Brynien.  “Our members have a long history of helping others and joining in the cancer research study is one more way we can do our part to help determine how cancer is treated in the future. “

To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health; have waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update your information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately an hour to complete. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals. 

“This CPS-3 Study provides an opportunity for NYS employees to make a significant contribution to cancer research,” Gary Johnson, Director, NYS Governor’s Office of Employee Relations. “Many NYS employees have received the news that a family member or they themselves have been diagnosed with cancer. By bringing CPS-3 right into the workplace, NYS employees who work in the Albany area will have a convenient way to make a difference in improving the health and lives of their neighbors and friends. We are pleased to work with CSEA and PEF on this important initiative." 

“CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer so we can be better equipped to prevent cancer,” said Alvaro Carrascal, Senior Vice President of Cancer Control, American Cancer Society of NY & NJ.  “Previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors affecting 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 get involved. Thanks to CSEA, PEF and GOER for supporting enrollment in this study.”

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 that collectively have involved millions 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, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. 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 study.

Members of CSEA, PEF and the general public who are unable to enroll during the May sessions can participate in another CPS-3 enrollment at the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Albany-Colonie on Friday, June 8, 2012 at Christian Brothers Academy from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. 

For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Additional Reading:
American Cancer Society Research Program
Join the Cancer Prevention Study - 3 in Albany, NY
Recent Developments in Cancer Research

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