TMA and the American Cancer Society have teamed up in a landmark study aimed at reducing the impact of cancer. The goal of the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) study is to enroll men and women from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the United States to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to save lives.
TMA President C. Bruce Malone, MD, asked physicians to educate their patients about the study.
"TMA has supported the cancer community for more than 20 years," he said. "It will allow us to explore new and emerging hypotheses related to cancer. With your help, we can work toward eliminating cancer as a major health concern for future Texans," he said.
The study involves patients between ages 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer. There is no charge for them to participate. Patients can enroll by following these simple steps:
- Log on to www.cps3AustinDT.com to schedule an appointment.
- After scheduling the appointment, they will receive a confirmation email with instructions to go online and complete a comprehensive survey seeking detailed information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to health.
- At their appointment, they will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a short survey, and provide a waist measurement and small blood sample.
- Finally, they will be asked to complete mailed surveys every few years during the next 20 to 30 years to update lifestyle, medical, and behavioral information.
Their appointment should last 20 to 30 minutes; completing the online survey before the appointment will take about 45 to 60 minutes. The CPS-3 research staff will keep all personal information and results of blood analyses kept strictly confidential.
The TMA building is one of two downtown Austin enrollment sites later this month.
More information about CPS-3 is available by emailing cancer.org/cps3 or firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (888) 604-5888.
Action, Feb. 1, 2012