American Cancer Society and Anne Arundel Community Leadership Assemble Area Residents Committed to Fighting Back Against Cancer
ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 17, 2012) – On Monday, April 23, 2012, Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) and the American Cancer Society will bring together residents, leaders and cancer prevention “Champions” of Anne Arundel County for an official kickoff event to drive community involvement in a landmark new cancer research study, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 is a historic nationwide study to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. This June, residents of Anne Arundel County will have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in the study.
Fran Phillips, the Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services for Maryland’s Department of Health will serve as Chairperson for the event. Dr. Barry Meisenberg, medical director, AAMC DeCesaris Cancer Institute, will speak on behalf of AAMC. The event will take place at AAMC Health Sciences Pavilion, 7th Floor, Doordan Institute at 5:00 PM and will conclude at 6:30 PM.
The rich history of the CPS-3 study will be chronicled. The importance of CPS-3 community involvement and advocacy will be communicated from the perspectives of the American Cancer Society as well as local oncologists, businesses, advocates, community leaders, government officials and cancer survivors.
The event will serve as an open Q & A Information Session as the special guests will provide expertise and personal insight on cancer, cancer research, cancer prevention, cancer support, cancer programs and cancer rates and occurrences in Anne Arundel County. The gathering will also mark the official revealing of the website URL of the CPS-3 Anne Arundel County enrollment scheduling site where those interested in enrolling can go online to schedule their appointments.
All CPS-3 supporters and Champions will be equipped with CPS-3 literature and tools required to help educate and recruit Anne Arundel community members to enroll in CPS-3 this coming June.
The opportunity for Anne Arundel County residents to enroll in CPS-3 is being made possible in partnership with Anne Arundel Medical Center, Heritage Community Church, Living Hope Church and Westfield Annapolis Mall. Between June 10th and June 16th 2012, each of the partners will host a CPS-3 enrollment site in Anne Arundel County.
Anyone who is interested in becoming an Anne Arundel County CPS-3 Champion is welcome to do so – there is no specific age or other eligibility requirements to serve as a CPS-3 Champion. All Anne Arundel County residents, be they cancer survivors, caregivers or those interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, are cordially invited to attend the kick off event. There, they will learn all about CPS-3 and the CPS-3 Champion role.
The ultimate goal of CPS-3 is to enroll men and women from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. to participate in a study that will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and will save lives. American Cancer Society studies began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants. These studies have led to discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers. The new CPS-3 will help researchers build on evidence from previous studies, and help bring us closer to eliminating cancer as a major health burden for this and future generations.
For more information about CPS-3, visit www.cancer.org/cps3 or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.