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American Cancer Society Seeks Champions for Nationwide Cancer Prevention Study Hosted at NGMC

Published on February 14, 2013
Thursday, February 14 

What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer?"

The American Cancer Society (ACS), in partnership with Northeast Georgia Medical Center (NGMC), is offering the community a chance to take a proactive role in cancer prevention.   The ACS is seeking “champions” in the Gainesville area who are interested in participating and helping spread the word about an upcoming Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) – a historic nationwide study designed to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.         

A kick-off event for this study will take place on Tuesday, February 26 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Walters Auditorium at Northeast Georgia Medical Center, with registration and a light breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.  CPS-3 champions will receive all the information they need to help educate and recruit community members to enroll in CPS-3 in April.

“This is a unique opportunity for our community to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Todd Sigmon, Executive Director of Oncology at NGMC.  “We are excited to partner with the ACS as the host site for this study.”  

“Our goal is to recruit 40 or more CPS-3 champions and enroll a total of at least 400 participants during this time,” says Rachel Joiner, mission delivery manager with ACS.  “In order to reach these targets, we need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer.” \

While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.”          

Anyone who is interested in becoming a champion is welcome to do so – there are no specific age or other eligibility requirements.  There are, however, eligibility considerations for those who wish to enroll in the study.  Men and women who are willing to commit to the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer.  The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States.  

To enroll, individuals will provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site.  Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.          

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’  In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Joiner.  “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

Whether you are a cancer survivor, caregiver or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 champion.  

To RSVP for the kick-off, please call ACS at 770-297-1220 or email  For more information about CPS-3, visit or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.  
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