Nationwide study wants you to help the American Cancer Society determine what causes cancer

Looking for the cause and a cure for cancer

TAMPA - St Joseph's Hospital has joined the American Cancer Society in recruiting volunteers to be part of one of the nation's largest research studies.  Those of you who have not had cancer can help prevent the disease in the future.

Kristin Brink Votta has never been diagnosed with cancer, but she is about to take on a project that could change they way we look at the killer disease.

Kristin is working with St. Joseph's Hospital cancer outreach nurse Ronda Buffington on an American Cancer Society initiative.  Kristin's job as a study champion?  Help enroll members of our community in the CPS3 study that will track lifestyle, genetics and health history as they relate to the development of cancer.  "My job is to just spread the word and let people know that CPS exists and how you can enroll."

St. Joseph's Hospital will hold kick-off sessions to train their champions, who will then go back out into our community, into their professional and social networks and begin recruiting volunteers.  Buffington says they're looking for "anyone between the ages of 30 and 65, any race, and any gender."

"They will have to do an interview packet they will complete at enrollment.  They will give a small sample of blood and then every couple of years they'll be mailed an enrollment packet again to update their information on their risk factors and their health and lifestyles."

The goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from across the United States.  Numerous hospital and agencies will help with this.  St. Joseph's Hospital will enroll 200 participants. 

Buffington tells us why people should get involved in the study, "Well, I'm a cancer survivor and I think it's very important that people help to learn more about cancer, especially for our children."

Kristin adds, "In other CPS cancer prevention studies, they actually found the link between smoking and lung cancer.  Obviously that's changed the way we look at smoking today. So they're looking for as many lifestyle habits as they can to create links and correlations between getting cancer or not."

For more details of the study, visit www.cps3tampa.org or http://www.cancer.org/research/researchprogramsfunding/epidemiology-cancerpreventionstudies/cancerpreventionstudy-3/index .

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