SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ - As it celebrates its 100th birthday, the American Cancer Society is looking to local residents to help finish the fight against cancer by reaching full enrollment in a historic research study. Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The opportunity for local residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with the Newton Medical Center, Sparta Cancer Center and Sussex County YMCA during the month of November.
During a kick-off event at Newton Medical Center this morning, May Matkiwsky, DO, a board certified medical oncology-hematologist and co-chair of the Newton Medical Center Cancer Committee addressed the audience members about the importance and significance of the cancer prevention study.
“We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for this historic study in utilizing our hospital as an enrollment site for the CPS-3 study,” said Dr. Matkiwsky. “As part of Atlantic Health System, Newton Medical Center’s vision is to empower our communities to be the healthiest in the nation. This study gives us a remarkable opportunity to achieve that goal, as the best way to beat cancer is to prevent it.”
“This study provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Angela Cimilluca, Community Mission Manager of the American Cancer Society. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for Northwest New Jersey residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at a location of their convenience. We need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer.”
CPS-3 is the latest addition to the Society’s groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk. 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.
“Among other findings, these cancer prevention studies have 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, said Cimilluca. “Changes in lifestyle over the past several decades as well as a better understanding of cancer make this latest chapter in this lifesaving series of studies a critical part of continuing the progress we’re seeing against the disease.”
While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.
“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Cimilluca. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”
Men and women who are willing to volunteer to participate in the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.
Enrollment opportunities will be provided in November as follows:
Friday, November 1st from 1:30pm-4:30pm
Sussex County YMCA, 15 Wits End Drive, Hamburg, NJ
Wednesday, November 6th from 8:30am-12:30pm
Newton Medical Center, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ
Thursday, November 7th from 4pm-7pm
Sparta Cancer Center, 89 Sparta Avenue, Sparta Township, NJ
For more information or to enroll in the CPS-3 study at a www.cps3northwestnj.org or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.