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American Cancer Society Brings Research to Lower Fairfield County

The American Cancer Society is enrolling local residents in a historic nationwide study that is taking place at health and government centers and the YMCA  during the middle of June. The purpose of CPS-3 is to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

 

 

Public Support Is Critical

From June 18 – June 21, 2013, men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been previously diagnosed with cancer are needed to join this research study.  If you are interested, please pre-register at

cancer.org/cps3ne or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

 

Taking less than 30 minutes in total, individuals will go to one of the area locations, read/sign a consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample.  At home, participants will complete a survey about lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. The Society will continue to send follow-up surveys to update participant information, as well as study updates and results.

 

Help from Lower Fairfield County Community and Health Organizations

 

Stamford Government Center, Stamford Hospital, Tully Health Center, Norwalk Health Department, and the New Canaan YMCA have all agreed to host this innovative research event at their worksites, according to Michelle Wolf, Vice President for Health Initiatives with the American Cancer Society.

 

“Each of these organizations is aligned with the mission of the American Cancer Society.  This is a perfect example of how a company and its employees prioritize initiatives that benefit public health and we are very proud of these outstanding community partners,” she added.        

 

 

Where and When

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Canaan YMCA

564 South Ave., New Canaan, CT

8:00am – 11:30am

 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stamford Government Center

888 Washington Blvd., Stamford, CT

12:00pm – 3:30pm

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

American Cancer Society Regional Center

38 Richards Ave., Norwalk, CT

3:00pm – 6:30pm

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Stamford Hospital

Conference Room A

30 Shelburne Road, Stamford, CT

4:00pm – 7:30pm

 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Tully Health Center

32 Strawberry Hill Ct, Stamford, CT

2:00pm – 5:30pm

Not All Cancer Research is Done in the Lab

“This grassroots effort to acquire information from the general public for research purposes is nothing new to the American Cancer Society,” according to Patrice Lestrange Bedrosian, Director of Communications.  “This work began with a series of studies in the 1950s that collectively involved millions of volunteer participants,” she added.

 

Those research studies included the Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies -- CPS-1 and CPS-2.  They 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.

 

The results of 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-2, began in 1982 and is still ongoing.

 

According to Bedrosian, 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, which is why the Society is bringing these research enrollment opportunities to the public via worksites and health systems.

 

For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit

cancer.org/cps3ne, email cps3@cancer 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 groundbreaking 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 13.7 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 any time, day or night, at

1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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