Waynesboro YMCA, Augusta Health, American Cancer Society team up on cancer study

cp3-logoWhat if you could prevent even one family from hearing the words “you have cancer”? Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3), a national study by the American Cancer Society to better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer—and so eliminate it as a major health concern—will be hosted locally in September by Augusta Health and the Waynesboro YMCA.

If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll. For more information about CPS-3, please visit cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org, or call toll-free 1.888.604.5888.

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join a historic research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S.

The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.   CPS-3 is a grassroots effort across the country through which you can advance cancer research by participating actively in a historic research study.

Participation is easy and enrollment is being brought to the Valley in partnership with Augusta Health, Rockingham County Government, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and the Waynesboro YMCA .  Once you schedule your appointment, you will receive instructions on how to complete your first, most comprehensive survey online.

This survey will take approximately 45-60 minutes to complete. Your onsite enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes and will involve:
· Completing a short survey packet
· Signing a consent form
· Providing a waist circumference measurement
· Providing a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit).

Enrollment will take place in the Valley between September 19th and 20th.  If you are interested getting involved, please fill out this brief survey.  You can schedule an enrollment appointment at www.CPS3TheValley.org.

Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital whose mission is to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care.  Named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in America by Thomson Reuters in both 2011 and 2012, Augusta Health has also been nationally recognized by HealthGrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for clinical excellence and patient safety.  For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at 540.245.7329 or 540.221.7329, or visit our website, www.augustahealth.com.

The Waynesboro YMCA is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  Located at 648 S. Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, information about its programs is available at www.waynesboroymca.com or by calling 540.943-9622.

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than 3 million volunteers saving living and fighting for every birthday threatened by cancer in every community.  For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

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