Time is running out for Middle Georgia residents to sign up for a national study that will help cancer researchers learn more about how to prevent the disease.
During a kickoff breakfast Thursday morning, city, county and American Cancer Society officials urged midstate residents to sign up for the
Cancer Prevention Study-3.
The CPS-3 study has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the study. The American Cancer Society wants to enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.
So far, more than 50 people have signed up to participate in the study, said Molly Herrin, the cancer society's mission delivery director for the Macon area.
"We'd like to hit over the thousand mark," she said. "If we can keep the interest going, I think there will be a huge turnout."
Among those on hand for Thursday's breakfast were Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Mercer University President Bill Underwood, all of whom said they would sign up for the study, Herrin said.
CPS-3 enrollment will be held at the Cancer Life Center in the Center for Ambulatory Services, 1014 Forsyth St., on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 26, from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Residents can schedule their appointment at the CPS-3 enrollment at www.seeuthere.com/cps3enroll/medicalcenterofga.
To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to his or her health; have height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample.
Afterward, the American Cancer Society will send follow-up surveys every few years to update participants’ information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes about an hour to complete, although if participants take the survey online before Jan. 25, it will cut the time in half.