American Cancer Society and St. Francis Medical Center wants your help to prevent cancer.
ACS is seeking participants for Cancer Prevention Study-3, which aims to better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause and prevent cancer. The organization hopes to enroll 300,000 people in this nationwide study that begins in May.
The study takes place at four regional hospitals, including St. Francis.
Regional Vice President of the ACS, Natasha Coleman, said in a statement this study is a rare opportunity to participate in lifesaving cancer research.
“We need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer,” Colemen said, “While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.”
Men and women interested in participating must be between 30 and 65 years old and never been diagnosed with cancer. They also must be willing to commit to filling out a survey every few years.
Interested parties can make an appointment to enroll in the CPS-3 at St. Francis or other participating medical centers. At this appointment, participants will have their waists measured and give blood. Prior to the appointment paticipants must complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site.
Those who are not eligible but want to have a role in fighting cancer can do so by becoming a CPS-3 champion, who spreads the word about the study.
St. Francis is set to host a kick-off event where champions can learn how to educate and recruit community members for the study. The event is scheduled for 12 p.m. March 18 at St. Francis Medical Center’s Cafe, 601 Hamilton Ave., Trenton.
Other participating medical centers are Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, University Medical Center Princeton at Plainsboro and YMCA ar the Woodbridge Community Center.
More information is online at cps3centralnj.org.