Pontiac, Michigan -– Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson is challenging southeast Michigan residents and businesses to take part in the American Cancer Society's groundbreaking Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. The study will enroll a diverse population of up to a half million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Patterson was joined by representatives from Chrysler, General Motors, Beaumont Health System, and Henry Ford Health System at an American Cancer Society Great Lakes Division news conference today at Automation Alley in Troy. Oakland County and the others have partnered with the American Cancer Society to help enroll local residents, employees, and their families in CPS-3.
Oakland County will host an enrollment site 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., May 1, 2012 at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building 41 West, in Waterford.
"This is an historic opportunity to find out which lifestyle choices are contributing to cancer," Patterson said.
"I lost my twin brother to cancer more than four years ago. He was the picture of health. We don't have any answers why he developed cancer. But CPS-3 provides an opportunity to get those answers perhaps 20 or 30 years down the road," Patterson added.
The American Cancer Society is seeking men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer to participate in CPS-3. To enroll, 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 their health; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes about an hour to complete. Periodic follow-up surveys of various lengths are expected to be sent every few years to individuals.
Previous studies by the American Cancer Society confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes.
In Michigan alone, it is estimated that more than 57,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2012. More than 24,000 of those diagnosed will be right here in our own backyard. That’s more than 65 people every day just in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. According to the American Cancer Society, the total cost of cancer to American companies is nearly
$264 billion a year in health care expenses and lost productivity.
"Oakland County is home to Medical Main Street, where we deliver world-class health care and conduct leading-edge life science research and medical device manufacturing. For Oakland County and some of its Medical Main Street partners to support this historic cancer study is a no-brainer," Patterson said.
For more information about enrolling or volunteering, click on www.cancer.org/cps3
or call 888-604-5888.
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