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You, yes, you, can be part of cancer research

May 16, 2013

When we hear someone we know has cancer, we usually ask ourselves “What can I do to help?” But we often feel powerless. Now there’s something most of us can do, something that could save thousands, maybe millions, of people from receiving a cancer diagnosis.

“The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a large-scale research study called Cancer Prevention Study-3, or CPS-3, and the people of western Colorado can be a part of it because St. Mary’s Regional Cancer Center is a partner in the study,” says Marty Jacobson, PhD, director of St. Mary’s Saccomanno Research Institute. “The goal of CPS-3 is to better understand the factors, like lifestyle, environment, and genetics, that cause or prevent cancer and, ultimately, to help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.”

The study will follow at least 300,000 Americans over the next 20 to 30 years. “How often do we get the opportunity to help solve a serious health problem?” Jacobson asks. “I encourage everyone who meets the guidelines to participate! It’s a small effort for a huge cause!”

Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3)
A long-term study by the American Cancer Society to better understand the factors that cause and prevent cancer.

You can participate if you:
» are a resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico;
» are 30 to 65 years old;
» have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer); and
» are willing to complete periodic surveys at home every few years.

Here’s how to be a part:
1. Go to www.cps3GrandJunction.org to make an appointment and answer a few questions.
2. Visit St. Mary’s Advance Medicine Pavilion at your appointment time to complete a consent form and short survey, have your waist measured, and give a blood sample. Click here for a Campus Map.
3. Complete a more detailed survey at home.
4. Complete surveys mailed to you every few years.