Historic Cancer Research Effort Coming Back To Jackson

Last Chance for Community Involvement to Help Answer Lingering Questions About Cancer

Jackson, MS (February 1, 2013) – For the second and last time, residents of Jackson, Miss. have an unique opportunity to participate in a historic cancer study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is returning to the Jackson area after a successful enrollment turnout of more than 500 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2012. Soon after last year’s well received enrollment, more businesses and individuals expressed a willingness to partner with the American Cancer Society in order to bring CPS-3 back to Jackson for the final time.

Researchers will end recruitment nationwide December 2013, so this is the once in a generation opportunity for Jackson area residents to be a part of preventative research. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

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). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 will be during April 23-27 and in partnership with Central Mississippi Medical Center, Broadmoor Baptist Church, Mississippi State Capitol, and Hinds Community College – Rankin Campus.

"This cancer prevention study will have a tremendous impact on cancer research for not only this generation, but for several generations to come with everyone's help in the Jackson area,” said JeanAnn Reeves, American Cancer Society CPS-3 coordinator. “This is such a beneficial and easy way to help so many.”

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 participants health; have their waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update participants information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals.   

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 on-going. 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.

The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants is what will produce benefits for decades to come. “Taking an hour or so every few years to fill out a survey – and potentially save someone from being diagnosed with cancer in the future - is a commitment that thousands of volunteer participants have already made. We're looking for more like-minded individuals in Jackson to join this effort that we know will save lives and improve the outlook for future generations,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., principal investigator of CPS-3.

For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cancer.org/cps3 and www.cps3jackson.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in ground-breaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.