Franciscan Alliance successful local sponsor of American Cancer Society prevention study

2013-02-17T00:00:00Z Franciscan Alliance successful local sponsor of American Cancer Society prevention study
February 17, 2013 12:00 am

Franciscan Alliance’s efforts to intensify its war on cancer by becoming a local promotional sponsor of a national program aimed at curing the disease were termed a “tremendous success.”

Franciscan Alliance’s Northern Indiana Region joined with the American Cancer Society’s Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research (which is recruiting 300,000 adults nationwide) and registered 331volunteers locally, for Cancer Prevention Study-3 .

In a letter to what she termed CPS-3 Champions, Rachelle Anthony, health initiatives coordinator of the society’s Great Lake Division, said, “We hope you are proud to have been a part of this once-in-a-lifetime research opportunity. Cancer remains a major health concern and we must all keep doing our part in the fight. Thank you for helping to make cancer history.”

The latest study was undertaken because the population of the CPS-2 study is aging and it was believed a new study population was needed for the next generation of research.

“This will pave the way to further advance our understanding of the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause and prevent cancer,” the society says.

The first study began in 1959; the second in 1982. More than 2.5 million people have participated in the programs.

Some key findings of previous studies include:

* The effects of smoking and secondhand smoke, which led to the U.S. Surgeon General’s warning labels on cigarettes, as well as numerous smoke-free legislation measures.

* The impact of obesity on the risk of cancer death.* The link between aspirin use and lowering the risk of cancer death.

* The impact of air pollution on the heart and lungs, which led to stringent limitations on pollution proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Volunteers are between the ages of 30 and 65; can never have been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer) and must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves periodically completing follow-up surveys. Enrollment involves completing a lifestyle survey, signing a consent form, completing a brief written survey, providing a waist measurement and a blood sample.

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