Cancer Prevention Study – 3 gets underway

This year the American Cancer Society is celebrating its 100th birthday. While the progress we’ve helped make in the past 100 years is remarkable, there’s still more work to be done. To better understand ways to prevent cancer, the American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women across the U.S. and Puerto Rico for a landmark new research study – Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

Enrollment is being brought to the Fort Dodge area in partnership with UnityPoint Health – Trinity Regional Medical Center, Webster County Health Department and Fort Dodge Community Recreation Center along with the American Cancer Society from Oct. 24-26. Individuals may choose to participate if they are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves completing follow-up surveys periodically over the next 20 to 30 years), are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and other factors that may cause or prevent cancer. If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about the opportunity to help prevent cancer.

It’s hard to find anyone who hasn’t been personally touched by cancer, one in two men and one in three women will face cancer in their lifetime. In Iowa, almost two people every hour are diagnosed with cancer. That is why CPS-3 is so important to the citizens of Fort Dodge and the surrounding area; it’s a way for all of us to make a difference in our fight against cancer and to help save more lives for generations to come.

As part of enrollment, individuals who choose to participate will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure.Enrollment will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes at your local event. From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of, and ultimately determine ways to prevent cancer.

Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, and CPS-II) 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.

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-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But 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.

The American Cancer Society nationwide goal for CPS-3 is to enroll a diverse group of at least 300,000 men and women aged 30 to 65 years with no prior history of cancer by 2013. CPS-3’s enrollment goal for the Fort Dodge area is 250. If you are a cancer survivor, invite your family and friends to participate in CPS-3 your honor.

If you’ve ever wondered how you can change the world, here is your chance. By joining CPS-3, you can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives. Enrollment is simple, just log onto to schedule your appointment today.

Liddy Hora is a an American Cancer Society Hospital Representative. She can be reached at or 576.7975.For more information on CPS-3, visit, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail