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Help needed to stop a killer
Black volunteers sought for national cancer study
Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 5:57 pm
by Herbert L. White

A national cancer study is looking to boost the number of African American participants.

The American Cancer Society is recruiting men and women between ages 30-65 who’ve never been diagnosed with the disease to participate in Cancer Prevention Study-3, which will enroll up to 300,000 people across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Blacks historically have been underrepresented in medical studies, but their presence is vital in CPS-3, said Denise Hockaday, the cancer society’s South Atlantic Division mission delivery director. Blacks are more likely to develop and die from cancer than any other ethnic group, with more than 168,000 diagnosed in 2011, with 65,000 deaths. Because genetics and lifestyle factor into cancer, ACS is pushing for more African American study participants.

“Our community is impacted by cancer disproportionately,” Hockaday said. “We have a higher incidence rate and higher death rate of many cancers, but specifically in breast, lung and colorectal cancers and researchers don’t know why.”

The study, which is scheduled for 20 to 30 years, will help researchers better understand how lifestyle, environment and genetics cause or prevent cancer. Participants will complete a written survey, a waist measurement, and provide a small blood sample. They’ll be asked to complete follow-up surveys every few years to track their progress.

Organizers hope to enroll 7,500 North Carolinians.

“Charlotte’s recruitment of 1,200 is a big part of that,” Hockaday said. “We’re also going into cities where we can get the large recruitment of African Americans.”

It’s already started in Charlotte, where the cancer society hosted a kick-off breakfast on Jan. 15 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church on Beatties Ford Road. Nine area sites will enroll participants, including Friendship Missionary Baptist from March 12-16. Interested individuals can visit cps3greaterCharlotte.org or call 1-888-604-5888 to enroll at these locations:

• Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatics, March 12, 4–7:30 p.m. and March 13, 6:30–10 a.m.

• Levine Senior Center, Matthews, March 12, 4–7:30 p.m. and March 14, 9 am–12:30 p.m.

• Wells Fargo Atrium, March 13, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

• YMCA Corporate Wellness Center in Ballantyne, March 13, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

• West Cabarrus YMCA, Concord, March 12, 4–7:30 p.m. and March 16, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

• American Cancer Society Office, Charlotte March 14, 10.a.m.–1:30 p.m.

• Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, March 16, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

• Weddington United Methodist Church, March 16, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

• Monroe Crossing Mall, March 16, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Participants will not be asked to change how they live or receive treatments of any kind as part of the study.

Previous studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes and showed the impact of air pollution on heart and lung function.

For more information or to learn how to enroll in the study, call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

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