Cancer Prevention Study 3 Now Enrolling

Did you know that heavy drinking can lead to pancreatic cancer? Or that having excess weight can also increase cancer risk? For those who may not know, sitting for prolonged periods of time can also put you at a higher risk of cancer.

This information was discovered through previous Cancer Prevention Studies. The purpose of our Cancer Prevention Studies is to discover more about cancer and its causes. Through these studies we are learning about factors, such as, lifestyle, environment, and genetics, in order to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.

The American Cancer Society is now launching CPS-3 and is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65, who have no personal history of cancer, to join this historic research study. The program requires participants to read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide some physical measurements, and give a small blood sample. CPS-3 is a 20 year study that will periodically survey various aspects of participants’ lives in order to understand the differences between people who develop cancer and those who do not.

Enrollment is now taking place at various locations in Missouri. If you would like to be part of this groundbreaking study, visit cancerstudykc.org for locations and available register times. For more information about Cancer Prevention Study 3 and to see if you are eligible, log on to cancer.org/cps3. Be a part of the end of cancer.

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A Conversation

One of our High Plains Media Award winners had the opportunity to write about a local Kansas City television anchor and his battle with prostate cancer. He sat down with a friend and fellow survivor and had a conversation about the disease and how their stories can help someone else in their fight against prostate cancer.

A special thanks goes out to the iMedia CAPS students in the Blue Valley School District, who produced the video with John Holt and David Emerson.  Thank you all for your help in spreading the awareness message!

Family PLZ! Campaign Encourages Learning Your Family’s

The American Cancer Society is encouraging everyone to make a point to learn their family history of colon cancer, and reminding men and women 50 and older to get tested for the disease even if they have no family history. The Society is making it easier than ever to learn about your family history of colon cancer with the Family PLZ! campaign.

                Colorectal cancer is highly treatable if found in its early stages. Most people should start getting screened for colorectal cancer at age 50, but people with a family history are at higher risk and may need to be screened earlier.

                The Family PLZ! campaign, developed by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable for which the Society is a founding member, provides tools to help you search and share your family history of colorectal cancer with your doctor and loved ones. The campaign encourages younger generations to participate in the discussions. Visit www.familyplz.org for more information.

                “The Family PLZ! campaign is a great way for families to start a conversation about a family history of colorectal cancer,” said Matt Martinek, American Cancer Society. “Make a point to learn your family’s colorectal cancer history, and tell your doctor what you learn.”

                An estimated 143,460 cases of colorectal cancer are expected to occur in 2012, but there are steps you can take every day to stay well and reduce your risk of colon cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that adults maintain a healthy weight by being physically active and eating a well-balanced diet. Limiting the amount of alcohol and limiting intake of processed and red meats are also steps you can take every day to reduce your risk of this disease.

                Screening for colorectal cancer has been proven to reduce deaths from the disease both by decreasing the number of people who are diagnosed with it and by finding a higher proportion of cancers at early, more treatable stages. Overall, colorectal cancer rates have declined rapidly in both men and women in the past two decades, due in part to early detection and removal of precancerous polyps. However, only half of the U.S. population aged 50 and older have been tested.

                The American Cancer Society is making progress against colorectal cancer and is saving lives. Society-funded research has led us to improved understanding regarding the link between diet and colorectal cancer, and the development of drugs to treat colorectal cancer. In addition, the Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action NetworkSM, are working to ensure that all Americans who need colorectal cancer testing and treatment have access to them. The Society recommends the following tests to find colorectal cancer early:

 

Tests That Detect Adenomatous Polyps and cancer

  • Flexible sigmoidoscopy every 5 years, or
  • Colonoscopy every 10 years, or
  • Double contrast barium enema (DCBE) every 5 years, or
  • CT colonography (CTC) every 5 years

 

Tests That Primarily Detect Cancer

  • Annual guaiac-based fetal occult blood test (gFOBT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or
  • Annual fecal immunochemical test (FIT) with high test sensitivity for cancer, or
  • Stool DNA test (sDNA), with high sensitivity for cancer, interval uncertain.