TMA, ACS, Local Church Join National Cancer Study

• WHAT: Cancer care and community leaders are launching a new national cancer prevention study in Austin and other communities. The American Cancer Society (ACS), Texas Medical Association (TMA), and St. David’s Episcopal Church are unveiling a historic study that could change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are invited to participate in the ACS Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. Local residents can enroll in CPS-3 with help from St. David’s Episcopal Church and TMA during select dates in February and March. 

• WHEN: 11 am Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 

• WHERE: TMA building, Thompson Auditorium, 1st Floor, 401 W. 15th St, Austin

• WHO: TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD; Mark Clanton, MD, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, High Plains Division; Rev. David Boyd, Rector of St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin; and invited elected officials  

• WHY: Study coordinators seek volunteer participants. CPS-3 researchers want to learn more lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. For example, the first studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes, and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions.

CPS-3 researchers will use the study data to build on evidence from previous ACS studies that began in the 1950s, involving millions of volunteer participants.the state.

• LIVE WEB STREAM:  The news conference will be webcast on UStream, and may be viewed live at www.ustream.tv/channel/tmanewsconference .

TMA is the largest state medical society in the nation, representing more than 45,000 physician and medical student members. It is located in Austin and has 120 component county medical societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the health of all Texans.

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About the Texas Medical Association  TMA, the nation’s largest and one of the oldest and most powerful medical societies, speaks out for more than 45,000 physician and medical student members across the state in our commitment to improve the health of all Texans. In partnership with our 120 county medical societies, we have been helping Texas physicians set high professional and ethical standards since 1853. www.texmed.org

About the American Cancer SocietyThe American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discoveries; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

About St. David’s Episcopal ChurchSt. David’s Episcopal Church was established in 1848. The church occupies an entire city block in downtown Austin housing two worship spaces, a large parish hall and professional kitchen, a resource center for our homeless neighbors, a day school for children ages 15 months through kindergarten, and a number of rooms for meetings, conferences, presentations, and concerts. For more than 150 years, St. David’s has been a leader in the community by helping establish St. David’s Hospital, St. Stephen’s and St. Andrew’s Episcopal schools, and the Seminary of the Southwest. St. David’s continues to reach out and support the Austin community by serving homeless neighbors in downtown, providing grants to local nonprofits, and organizing volunteers to support local projects like Habitat for Humanity and Wildfire Relief efforts. St. David’s has approximately 2,400 members and offers seven services each Sunday and prayer services during the week. www.stdave.org

 


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