Thursday, October 10, 2013

Cancer research comes to Colorado Springs

Posted By on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 3:39 PM

According to the American Cancer Society website, over one million Americans are diagnosed with cancer every year; it’s almost a guarantee that someone in your life has or will be one of those afflicted. I realize this probably isn’t the most upbeat news you've heard today, but I promise all is not grim and gloomy.

The silver lining around tough topics like cancer is that there are good-hearted people who invest in research to improve the lives of their (often unknown) neighbors. El Paso County residents will have the opportunity to do just this with the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), which will be enrolling Colorado Springs residents at various locations, Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 18. Eligible participants are between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer.

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The study will follow 300,000 individuals over 20 to 30 years.

“When we go into these studies, we’re not going in to look for one particular thing; we want to get a wide base and demographic of folks to figure out why some are diagnosed with cancer and some are not,” says Deanna Cordo, staff lead for CPS-3 enrollment in Colorado Springs.

CPS-3 is the third major, longitudinal study done by the American Cancer Society. “The first cancer-related study found the link between tobacco and cancer, and the second found the link between obesity and cancer,” explained Cordo. “The questions participants will be answering are based on their lifestyles and how active they are in their day-to-day world.”

The Society has been enrolling participants since 2006. At this point, they have about 280,000 participants signed up and will be enrolling until the end of the calendar year, when the study will close.

You can go online to schedule an appointment at one of the four locations in Colorado Springs, at which time you will be prompted to fill out the most comprehensive survey. At the actual appointment, you will be asked to give a blood sample and have your waist circumference measured (an anxiety-inducing experience for some of us, but all is kept confidential), as well as fill out another, briefer survey.

From this point on, participants will receive a new survey every 2 to 3 years over that 20 to 30 year span. These surveys can be filled out in the comfort of one’s own home and come with pre-paid postage, so laziness really doesn’t count as an excuse.

To learn more about how to get involved, visit cps3SoCo.org.

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