Pharos-Tribune

August 26, 2013

New study to help identify risk factors for cancer

Enrollment drive slated for Sept. 20.

By Amie Sites Pharos-Tribune
Pharos-Tribune

---- — 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.

Nationwide, researchers hope to have 300,000 enrolled by the end of December, she said. There are currently 74 appointments scheduled in Logansport.

“We just want to make sure people understand the commitment,” Crawford said. “It’s such a wonderful way to fight back for a lot of people. It’s a once in a generation opportunity.”

If you’re interested in finding out more or enrolling in the study, visit www.cancer.org/myacs/greatlakes/areahighlights/gldnorthcentralindiana .

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

If you go: WHAT: Cancer Prevention Study-3 enrollment WHEN: 4 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20 WHERE: All Saints Catholic Church, 112 E. Market St. INFO: To find out more or enroll, visit www.cancer.org/myacs/greatlakes/areahighlights/ gldnorthcentralindiana .