PLATTSBURGH - In addition to raising thousands of dollars for cancer research, this year's annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life will give the community the ability to participate in a potentially-groundbreaking study.
During a press conference held Feb. 3, Linda M. Boire, certified cancer registrar in the oncology data center at CVPH Medical Center, announced a cancer prevention study will be seeking participants at this year's Relay for Life. Commonly referred to as CPS-3, it is the third in a series of nationwide studies to better understand the causes of cancer.
"Researchers will use the data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants," Boire said.
The previous studies have played "a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk," Boire continued, contributing significantly to scientific documentation and the development of public health guidelines and recommendations.
"Those studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, showed that obesity increases the risk of several cancers and linked aspirin use to a lower death rate from colon cancer," she said.
The Plattsburgh Relay for Life, which will be held at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Morrisonville June 19-20, will be the only time CPS-3 registration will be taken in the Clinton County region this year, said Boire. Though the initial enrollment takes approximately 20-30 minutes, the study is expected to produce benefits for "decades to come," she said.
Registration for the study will be open to those ages 30-65, who have never been diagnosed with cancer and willing to make a long-term commitment to the study. Those interested in learning more may attend the event June 19 from 6:30-10:30 p.m. There, participants must complete a brief written survey, provide waist measurements, and give a small blood sample.
"We have asked you for money to help with research, and you have helped us to fund the cure, now we're asking you to help us find the cure," said ACS representative Joan M. Brown. "And, with this CPS3 study, we can make a difference."
For more information or to learn how to become involved in CPS-3, call Boire at 562-2633 or visit www.relayforlife.org/plattsburghny and click on the CPS3 link.