St. Elizabeth Healthcare partnering with American Cancer Society, participants needed

CINCINNATI - St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky is partnering with the American Cancer Society to provide a historic study to the region that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.

The study is the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), which will be conducted through St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Fort Thomas, Florence and Edgewood during April 17-19, 2013.

Information on this study can be shared with any interested and eligible person. Those eligible are men and women, ages 30-65, who have not had a prior cancer diagnosis (exceptions are basal and squamous cell skin cancers), and who are willing to be part of a 20-30 year study.

The study also involves a baseline and follow-up surveys, a waist measurement and small blood draw at the time of enrollment in April.

Previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I, CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk. Those 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 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Those interested in also helping promote the CPS-3 enrollment are also invited to attend an informational meeting, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Edgewood in meeting rooms F&G.

Cancer Prevention Study

For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, call toll-free 1-888-604-5888 or Lisa Meier, health initiatives representative for the American Cancer Society, at (859) 372-7886.

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