Kalamazoo, Mich. – What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer”? West Michigan Cancer Center is partnering with the American Cancer Society in seeking cancer fighters in the Southwest Michigan area who are interested in recruiting enrollees in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).  CPS-3 is an historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Crystal Parish, director, American Cancer Society Southwest Michigan Office in Portage. “We are excited to offer a week-long opportunity for area residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at their convenience this fall. Our goal is to recruit 50 or more CPS-3 champions and enroll a total of 350 participants during this time. In order to reach these targets, we need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer. 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 who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years. 

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Parish. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 champion. To register, call 269-349-8710 or email Crystal Parish at crystal.parish@cancer.org. For more information about CPS-3, visit www.cancer.org/southwestmicps3.   

Enrollment in the study will take place at five different sites in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area Oct. 30 through Nov. 8. The sites include:

Bronson Health – Jasper Clinic

526 Jasper St., Kalamazoo

Tuesday, Oct. 30

3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

 

Davenport University

200 Van Buren St. West, Battle Creek

Thursday, Nov. 1

2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 

YMCA of Portage

2900 West Centre, Portage

Saturday, Nov. 3

9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

 

Borgess Health

1521 Gull Road, Kalamazoo

Wednesday, Nov. 7

2 p.m. top 5:30 p.m.

 

West Michigan Cancer Center

200 North Park Street, Kalamazoo

Thursday, Nov. 8

4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Local residents can make an appointment to enroll by calling toll-free 1-888-604-5888 or going to www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/southwestmi.