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Volunteers Needed for Cancer Prevention Study Nov. 6 at Somerset Medical Center

September 30, 2013

What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer?”

Volunteers are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society's historic, nationwide Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. Participants may enroll in the study on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Somerset Medical Center.


“Somerset Medical Center is proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for this historic study,” said Kathleen Toomey, MD, medical director of The Steeplechase Cancer Center at Somerset Medical Center. “Ongoing clinical research is an important part of our efforts to fight cancer, giving us greater knowledge about what causes and what can control or prevent the disease. We encourage members of our community to join us in this fight by participating in the cancer prevention study.”


“This study provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Angela Cimilluca, Community Mission Manager of the American Cancer Society.  “We are excited to offer this opportunity for Northwest New Jersey residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at a location of their convenience.  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.


Men and women who are willing to volunteer to participate in 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 Cimilluca.  “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”


For more information or to enroll in the CPS-3 study at a or call toll-free