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YWCA Bristol to Host Cancer Prevention Study-3 Registration Open House

July 08, 2013

YWCA Bristol will host a Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) open house Monday, July 15 for all community members interested in signing up for this national research study. Qualified applicants can register for CPS-3 in the YWCA computer lab 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Following registration, participants will attend their scheduled enrollment appointment at one of five regional locations: YWCA Bristol, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport Hematology Oncology Associates, and Southwest Virginia Cancer Center Aug. 6 — 9. At enrollment, participants will sign a consent form, complete a brief survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, and give a small blood sample. For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit cps3northeasttn.org (TN) or cps3swva.org (VA), email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

CPS-3 is the latest addition to the American Cancer Society’s groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 with no personal history of cancer are encouraged to participate and help the Society reach full enrollment of 300,000 participants nationally. An American Cancer Society representative will be available throughout the open house to answer questions and assist with the registration process, which includes a contact form and survey. Participants will also schedule their enrollment appointment at this time.

“We are hosting this open house to make the registration process even easier and to encourage our community to rally together in support of loved ones and future generations to come,” said Kathy Waugh, YWCA Bristol Executive Director.

Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. But its success depends on members of the community becoming involved. Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from those earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants.