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August 26, 2013

New study to help identify risk factors for cancer

Enrollment drive slated for Sept. 20.

Two years ago today, Melanie Campbell’s husband, Jamie Campbell, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Now that her husband has been in remission for a year, Melanie Campbell, a Carroll County resident, knew she wanted to participate in the Cancer Preventative Study-3 (CPS-3) as soon as she found out about it.

The study is meant to help identify new risk factors for cancer due to lifestyle, behavior and environment, said Katie Crawford, CPS-3 specialist for Indiana.

An enrollment date is set for 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 at All Saints Catholic Church, 112 E. Market St. People between 30 and 65 years old who have never been diagnosed with cancer may apply to participate.

People can walk in or schedule an appointment online before enrollment day.

Campbell, who is involved in Relay For Life, heard about the study in December of 2012.

“As fun as Relay For Life is, there wasn’t anything more important for me than doing this study,” Campbell said. “Without the studies, what good are fundraiser dollars going to do?”

A previous cancer prevention study linked cigarette smoking to lung cancer. Campbell said one reason to enroll in the study is that it’s easy to take part and doesn’t cost anything.

“I can’t think of a reason not to do it,” Campbell said.

If someone signs up online, they will receive instructions to go online and complete an initial survey, which takes about 45 minutes.

The day of enrollment at All Saints Catholic Church, participants will be asked to complete a brief survey and provide a waist circumference measurement and a small blood sample.

After enrollment, participants will periodically receive mailed surveys every two to three years.

Researchers’ goal in north central Indiana is to recruit 400 participants, Crawford said. Logansport is is one of four locations in the area where people can enroll.

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