The American Cancer Society today announced that Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson will work with the Society to promote its historic Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) enrollment campaign in Savannah and Chatham County the week of February 26 to March 1, 2013.
The mayor will film a public service announcement, encouraging residents of her community to get involved in the study. She will also issue a proclamation to declare the week of February 26 to March 1 as American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study 3 Week and will send a note of support to all “champions” of the study who are helping the Society spread the word about the enrollment throughout their community.
The mayor will attend the Savannah CPS-3 kickoff event at the Savannah Civic Center on January 9.
“We are honored that Mayor Jackson is throwing her full support behind this important study,” says Amy Riesinger, American Cancer Society Regional Mission Delivery Director.
“As a leader in our community, she will have a wide audience for her messages about CPS-3 and will convey with great credibility the impact the study will have on cancer here and nationwide for generations to come. She will be integral to the success of the study enrollment in Savannah and Chatham County.”
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are urged to participate in CPS- 3. The Society is seeking to enroll 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico.
CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors CPS-3 follows two earlier American Cancer Society studies that linked smoking with lung cancer and discovered the link between obesity and cancer.
To enroll in the study, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to your health; have your waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample.
Upon completion of this process, the Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update your information and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately an hour to complete. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals enrolled in the study.
For more information on the CPS-3 enrollment in Savannah, visit www.cps3savannah.com or call 912.355.5196.