Local Health

12/4/2012

Researchers seeking help in cancer study

By NIKKI WILEY The Brunswick News

Cancer researchers hope Glynn County residents can provide insight into lifestyle factors that can prevent or cause cancer.

The American Cancer Society is asking 300 people in the Glynn area to participate in a 20-year, nationwide study that will examine the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

An informational meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Glynn County School Administration Building, 1313 Egmont St. Enrollment will be in March.

"What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, 'You have cancer?'" said Jim Weidhaas, president of American Cancer Society Volunteer Leadership Council.

"This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to participate in lifesaving cancer research."

The Cancer Prevention Study 3, called more commonly CPS-3, is the third study of its kind.

The first looked at the effects of tobacco use in lung cancer. A second study examining the lifestyle factors in obesity and links to cancer is still underway.

CPS-3 will enroll 30,000 participants across the United States.

Glynn County is the fifth highest in the country for its population group for fundraising during Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society's largest money maker.

"We fundraise a lot of money in Glynn County for Relay for Life, and this is a good way to show people what that money can do," said Kelley Spaeder, senior community manager for the group's South Atlantic Division.

There are requirements for those who wish to participate.

Those willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer.

To enroll, individuals will be required to provide a waist measurement, a small blood sample and complete a baseline and enrollment survey. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years for the next 20-30 years.

"It's important for Glynn County residents to take this opportunity to be a part of research history," Spaeder said.

There are no age requirements for individuals who want to volunteer to promote the study.

GET INVOLVED

The American Cancer Society will hold an informational kick off meeting to inform potential research participants about the study at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Glynn County School Administration Building, 1313 Egmont St.