Enrollment Begins For National Cancer Study

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter

Larry Cassabaum of West Branch is examined by Dr. Erica Colleran, a physician with Mercy, at the free Skin Cancer Screening that was held Saturday, October 6th, 2012 at the West Branch Family Practice. Local Dermatologists were on hand to exam people from head to toe, looking for the three types of skin cancer. (Justin Torner/Freelance)


By Rachel Begle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Tuesday marks the first day a new round of Eastern Iowans is enrolling to become part of a national study on cancer.

Researchers want to know more about why some get the disease and others do not. It's called the Cancer Prevention Study 3 or CPS-3.

It will involve about 300,000 people across the nation. They're looking for adults between 30 and 65 years old. Those who participate will have to give a blood sample at the very beginning. Then, they’ll have to fill out a survey every once in a while for 20 or 30 years.

"The Cancer Prevention Study 3 is a chance for people who have loved ones and friends who have gone through cancer to really say I want to help, I want to find out what's causing cancer,” American Cancer Society’s Christy Thurman said.

Workers have been working hard to get the word out about the CPS-3.The American Cancer Society said it's working on collecting a new study group because the last study's population, the CPS-2, is aging.

Health experts said this was a study and will provide answers for the next generation. People live a lot differently than they did decades ago, using new technology and eating different foods. The American Cancer Society says this new study will help find links to cancer.

"In the 1950s, we found the link between smoking and lung cancer, which is common knowledge now," Thurman said. "Who knows what the findings will be from the study?"

The American Cancer Society is hoping to get about 800 Eastern Iowans enrolled in the study this week. It’s a process that only takes about 20 to 30 minutes.

“All I did was answer some questions online, did a survey online and now I’m here. It was really pretty easy,” Joan Gronert, CPS-3 participant, said.

The appointments have been filled for the first day of the enrollment at Mercy Health Plaza, but the American Cancer Society said walk-ins are welcome for the next three days of the enrollment process.

Mercy Medical Center’s Hall – Perrine Cancer Center

701 10th Street Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA 52403

Thursday, October 25, 2012, 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Helen G. Nassif YMCA (Downtown)

207 7th Avenue Southeast

Cedar Rapids, IA 52401

Tuesday, October 23, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Saturday, October 27, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

St. Luke’s Cancer Wellness Center

810 1st Avenue Northeast

Cedar Rapids, IA 52402

Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 25, 3:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

The American Cancer Society will also return to Eastern Iowa to rally up support in the summer of 2013. Thurman said workers would be holding enrollment events in Iowa City and Waterloo.

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