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Published on August 06, 2013

Area Residents Sought for National Cancer Study

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is seeking participants for a long-term study to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause cancer.

“Here at Ellis Fischel, we are at the forefront of the fight against cancer,” said David Parker, executive director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center. “We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for this study and to help make a lasting impact on the future of cancer treatment and prevention.”

The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center is the enrollment site for residents of mid-Missouri.

To be eligible to enroll in CPS-3, men and women should:
· be between 30 and 65 years old
· have no personal history of cancer, excluding basal or squamous cell skin cancer
· be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, involving the completion of periodic follow-up questionnaires.

Enrollment in the study involves two steps. After scheduling an appointment, participants will be asked to complete a comprehensive survey online that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to their health. Step two involves a 20- to 30-minute in-person enrollment process.

Study participation involves reading and signing an informed consent form, completing a survey, providing a waist circumference measurement and providing a small blood sample. Participants will receive periodic follow-up surveys, which will ask for information on lifestyle, behaviors and other factors related to participants’ health.

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program will use the data to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s that collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations. 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 effect of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. The current study, CPS-II, began in 1982 and is still ongoing.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center will host a CPS-3 enrollment event from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, Room 2008. Appointments are required for study enrollment. To schedule a CPS-3 enrollment appointment, please visit or call (888) 604-5888.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, provides comprehensive cancer care to patients from every county in the state. More than 100 physician specialists and other trained professionals work together to improve and save the lives of cancer patients. Designated Missouri’s official state cancer center in 2004, Ellis Fischel services include inpatient and outpatient treatment and cancer screening.