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Chances are, you know someone — a family member, friend, coworker or neighbor — whose life has been touched by cancer. It can be the hardest thing in the world to watch someone you care about struggle with this disease. What if I told you there was something simple you could do now to help prevent others — perhaps even your own children or grandchildren — from getting cancer in the future?
Now there is: You can participate in a new research study called the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), managed by the American Cancer Society (ACS). In Manhattan, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York is partnering with ACS in this historic nationwide study that aims to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer — in essence, who gets cancer, who doesn’t, and why? Ultimately, the goal of the study, which will follow participants over 20 years, is to limit cancer’s reach and save the lives of future generations.
Who can enroll?
• Is between 30 and 65 years old;
• Has never been diagnosed with cancer (except for basal or squamous cell skin cancers);
• Is willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which simply involves completing periodic follow-up questionnaires.
Step 1 – Register for an enrollment appointment at www.cps3manhattan.org.
Step 2 – You will receive a health history survey by e-mail; complete this prior to your enrollment appointment (takes about 30 minutes to fill out).
Step 3 – At your appointment, you will answer a few more questions, have your waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit), taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
Step 4 – Every 2 or 3 years, you will be sent a brief follow-up survey at home to complete and return.
What about my privacy?
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to the study, which has multiple procedures in place to safeguard your personal information.
What difference will the study make?
Results from previous long-term follow-up studies like this one have established major links between smoking and lung cancer, physical activity and cancer prevention and obesity and cancer risk, to name a few. Now is your chance to join fellow New Yorkers and thousands of others across the nation in advancing cancer research even further. Perhaps someday you’ll be able to tell your grandson or grandniece, “I helped researchers figure out how to prevent cancer — I helped save lives!”
Be sure to make an appointment at one of the Continuum Cancer Centers of New York enrollment locations, and encourage your friends and family to sign up, too!
Continuum Cancer Centers of New York (CCCNY) Enrollment Dates and Locations
Register here for an enrollment appointment at one of the following CCCNY locations:
Tuesday, April 30, 9 am to 1 pm
Beth Israel Medical Center – Phillips Ambulatory Care Center
10 Union Square East, 2nd floor, conference rooms 1-3
Tuesday, April 30, 2 pm to 6 pm
Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center – West Campus
325 W. 15th St., main conference room
Wednesday, May 1, 11 am to 3 pm
Beth Israel Medical Center – Petrie Campus
Bernstein Pavilion, reception area
10 Nathan D. Perlman Place
Friday, May 3, 10 am to 2 pm
1000 Tenth Ave., conference room 5
Information provided by Michael P. Osborne, MD, Director, Strang Cancer Screening and Prevention Program, Continuum Cancer Centers of New York, and Attending Surgeon, Appel Venet Comprehensive Breast Center, Beth Israel Medical Center