More than 13-million people in America have survived cancer, according to the American Cancer Society, and now hundreds of thousands of adults have the chance to fight the disease by enrolling in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research program is looking for men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 with no history of cancer to enroll in the study. The organization states that its goal is to enroll 300,000 people from across the country, representing all racial and ethnic backgrounds, to take occasional surveys.
“I think it’s important to raise awareness about CPS3 because I want folks to know that we need to understand how to prevent cancer,” said Mary Gordon, of Upper Marlboro, Md., who is participating in the study. “Too many lives are lost. Folks have to be aware that research works,” she said. “We all can play a role in finding a cure, saving a life, sharing another birthday,” Gordon said.
People interested in taking part in the study can attend local events to sign up. An event in Prince George’s County takes place Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reid Temple A.M.E. Church in Glenn Dale, Md. Another event takes place at Jericho City of Praise in Landover, Md. on October 30 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Montgomery County events are scheduled for November 7, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and November 9 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney, Md.
Residents of Virginia has several events scheduled, including one November 14 at Fauquier Health's Sycamore Room in Warrenton from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
“I have worked side by side in my professional and volunteer work with survivors,” said Gordon. “They have an incredible passion in raising awareness. This is a great opportunity for those of us blessed to not have been diagnosed to spread awareness and be part of an inclusive and thorough study,” she said.