2013-04-17 / Front Page

American Cancer Society Speaks At Queens Borough Cabinet

By Richard Gentilviso

Nearly 13.7 million people have survived cancer and countless more have avoided it according to the American Cancer Society.
The American Cancer Society (ACS) began conducting long-term cancer studies in the 1950s to research lifestyle, medical and behavioral factors by recruiting large groups of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study from 1952-1955 included 188,000 men and Cancer Prevention Study 1 (CPS-1) from 1959 to 1972 included one million men and women in studies that eventually established the link between cancer and smoking. Cancer Prevention Study 2 is an ongoing effort which began in 1982 that is following 1.2 million people to study a range of environmental and lifestyle exposures that may increase or decrease the risk of cancer.
“We all know (the link between smoking and cancer) now,” said Regional Vice President of the Eastern Division of the American Cancer Society Cathleen C. Garry at the April 9 meeting of the Queens Borough Cabinet. Garry said ACS will be conducting a new landmark cancer research study, Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) that will include 300,000 men and women of various racial and ethnic backgrounds across the country.
ACS is seeking 500 participants to volunteer for the study in Queens. Eligible participants are men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer).
Advance registration is required at www.cps3queens.org or call 1-888-604-5888. Enrollment takes place at any of five locations on May 21 and 22 as follows:
•May 21 - Forest Hills Hospital (North Shore Long Island Jewish) from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the 8th Floor Conference Room 102-01 66th Rd., Forest Hills.
•May 21 - Long Island Jewish Medical Center (NSLIJ) from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Cafeteria Room A & B 270-05 76th Ave., New Hyde Park.
•May 21 - St. John’s University from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Law School Private Dining Room 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica.
•May 22 - St. John’s University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Law School Private Dining Room 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica.
•May 22 - New York Hospital Queens from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Lang Lobby/Auditorium 56-45 Main St. Flushing.
•May 22 - NSLIJ – Monter Cancer Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Advanced Medicine – Center Street, 450 Lakeville Rd. New Hyde Park, NY 11042.
Completion of a brief (10 questions) survey, signed consent form, waist circumference measurement and small blood sample are required at enrollment.
As the population in Cancer Prevention Study 2 ages, ACS needs to recruit a new study population for the next generation of research. CPS-3 members will be studied for a period of 20 to 30 years during which they complete periodic surveys sent to their homes every few years for information updates. By joining, CPS-3 participants can help understand how to prevent cancer. Results from previous ACS long-term follow-up studies have demonstrated:
•The link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.
•The significant impact of being overweight or obese on the risk of cancer occurrence.
•The link between diabetes and cancers of the pancreas and colon.
•The link between physical activity and a lower risk of various cancers (breast, colon and aggressive prostate cancers).
“If you have ever thought ‘I wish I could do more than just donate money’ – this is what you can do,” said Garry.
For more information contact Jeffrey.Nguyen@cancer.org or call 888-604-5888.

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