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Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - Champions Sought for a Nationwide Cancer Prevention Study in New Jersey

CHERRY  HILL, NJ (March 4) – What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer”? The American Cancer Society, Cooper University Hospital, Mt. Laurel YMCA, Rowan University, South Jersey Healthcare and Virtua Hospital are seeking cancer fighters in the area who are interested in helping to spread the word about the importance of participating in Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), a historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

A kick-off event will take place on March 6 at the American Cancer Society office at 10:30 a.m. in Cherry Hill. CPS-3 champions will receive all the information they need to help educate and recruit community members to enroll in CPS-3 this coming May.

“This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Frank Mascia, Executive Vice President of the American Cancer Society. “We are excited to offer this opportunity for area residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at their convenience during the month of May. We need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer. While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.”

Following the March 6 kick-off, South Jersey Healthcare will host an enrollment event in Vineland at the SJH Regional Medical Center on Thursday, May 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey, have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample.

“At South Jersey Healthcare, we’re joining several local organizations to partner with the American Cancer Society to enroll people who live in our community for this study,” said Chet Kaletkowski, president and CEO of South Jersey Healthcare and Underwood-Memorial Hospital. “We’re proud to be a part of this research effort because cancer research is a cornerstone of our quality cancer program. At any given time, we have more than 25 clinical trials open right here in our community that our neighbors are participating in. The Cancer Prevention Study-3 clearly aligns with our daily work; it will provide meaningful data to guide our thinking as we work to create tomorrow’s breakthroughs in cancer treatment.”

Anyone who is interested in becoming a champion is welcome to do so – there are no specific age or other eligibility requirements. There are, however, eligibility considerations for those who wish to enroll in the study. Men and women who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years. 

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Mascia. “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 champion. For more information about CPS-3, visit http:// www.cps3southjersey.org /

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org

About South Jersey Healthcare

SJH is a nonprofit, integrated health care system, providing access to a continuum of health services. SJH provides hospital services, numerous community health clinics, home health services, and specialty services, which serve the medical and health care needs of southern New Jersey residents. SJH’s Cancer Services team of board-certified physicians, registered radiation therapists and nationally certified oncology nurses has provided state-of-the-art radiation therapy, medical oncology and cancer support services to thousands of patients in the region for more than 25 years. As a Fox Chase Cancer Center partner, SJH also provides leading-edge cancer care through national clinical trials, which study new methods to treat, diagnose and prevent cancer. SJH Cancer Services has twice received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer for excellence in quality care to cancer patients.