Northern Colorado residents can participate in a historic study June 25, 27 and 29 that may help change the face of cancer. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
CPS-3 will enroll a up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico and will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Those who wish to participate can enroll in the study at one of three University of Colorado Health locations:
- Medical Center of the Rockies – Long’s Peak room, 2500 Rocky Mountain Ave., Loveland, Colo. 80538 Tuesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Poudre Valley Hospital – Café F, 1024 S. Lemay Ave., Fort Collins, Colo. 80524
Thursday, June 27 from 3 to 7 p.m.
- Poudre Valley Hospital Harmony Campus, Building A – Harmony Café, 2121 E. Harmony Rd., Fort Collins, Colo. 80528
Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Additional enrollment locations are also available in Greeley, Loveland and Windsor. Appointments are required.
To make an appointment or for a complete list of northern Colorado enrollment locations, date and times, visit www.cps3noco.org.
“Studies like this help us understand more and more about cancer so we can help our patients,” said Erica Dickson, Oncology Research Manager at Poudre Valley Hospital. “This is a pretty significant study. It should give us lots of insight and help everyone improve treatment.”
To enroll in the stud, people will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.
At home, people will fill out a survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to their health. Periodic follow-up surveys will be sent to update participant information as well as annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys completed at home will take an hour or less of time to complete and are expected to be sent every few years.
“We’re all touched by cancer in some way – whether it’s a family member, a friend or a colleague,” said Poudre Valley Hospital’s Oncology Research Medical Director, Dr. Robert Marschke. “Nearly 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime. We really hope people help with the study.”