To the Editor:
This week I joined a nationwide effort by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) that has the potential to change the face of cancer by helping us learn more about the causes of cancer and find ways to prevent cancer in the future.
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Minnesota–one out of two men and one out of three women in Minnesota will be diagnosed with cancer. I’m proud that Minnesota is the first state in the nation to bring lawmakers, the judiciary, state employees and the administration together with the American Cancer Society on this important endeavor.
The CPS-3 will survey at least 300,000 adults with various racial/ethnic backgrounds across the U.S. between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer. Participants are surveyed periodically over the next 20-30 years on lifestyle, behavioral, and other health factors, and at the start of the study, they have various measurements taken and give a small blood sample.
Similar cancer prevention studies in the past have been instrumental in helping to identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk, including the link between cigarette smoking as well as environmental risks for cancer. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks and can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.
For more information about CPS-3 and the selected enrollment locations please visit www.cancer.org or email email@example.com or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
State Senator, District 46