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Massive Cancer Study Needs Help

In its last big recruitment push for its latest major research study, The American Cancer Society is seeking participants in rural southwestern Pennsylvania counties such as Fayette, Cambria and Westmoreland.

Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) is the third massive American Cancer Society study. CPS-1, which started in the 50’s, found links between smoking and lung cancer. CPS-2, which started in the 1980’s and is ongoing has found links between unhealthy behaviors and cancers. CPS-3 hopes to find major factors that can affect cancer risk.

CPS-3 will be run for more than twenty years and researchers hope to enroll at least 300,000 participants from all over the U.S. They’ve been recruiting people for the last six years and already have 280,000 enrolled. Past recruitment efforts have been launched in other parts of southwestern Pennsylvania. Enrollment will end at the end of this year.

Teresa Segelson, a representative for The American Cancer Society said the study will focus on, “lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors.”

There is no monetary compensation for the study.

Participants must be between ages of 30 and 65 and have not had cancer.

The days to sign up for the study are in early November at various locations in Connellsville, Johnstown, Leechburg and Greensburg.

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