SILVERDALE — The American Cancer Society has been conducting studies since the 1950s to learn more about the links between human health, diet and activity, and different cancers.
Kitsap County's regional division is seeking 500 men and women to participate in its latest study.
The Cancer Prevention Study-3 is nationwide: large groups of individuals provide information about their lifestyle, medical history, and health behaviors and then are followed over time – sometimes decades — to assess their health outcomes and to determine how those outcomes relate to previously collected data.
Enrollment and registration is taking place in March and April in Kitsap County. Kimberly Dinsdale, Western Washington region communications manager, is looking for men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have no personal history of cancer and who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study.
The enrollment process involves three steps.
1. Register online at www.cps3kitsapcounty.org.
2. Attend an enrollment event to be held at four locations in Kitsap County: the Bremerton and Silverdale YMCA, and Harrison Medical Center campuses in Bremerton and Silverdale. Participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form, complete a brief written survey, provide a waist circumference measurement, and a small blood sample similar to a doctor’s visit. The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
3. Complete a more detailed survey at home, which will ask for information on lifestyle, and behavioral and other factors related to your health. Periodically, participants will receive a survey at home to update that information.
The first two cancer-prevention studies demonstrated important, live-saving findings, according to ACS. In particular, the American Cancer Society learned the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer; a significant impact of being overweight or obese on cancer risk; the role of hormones, physical activity, diet, medications and vitamins, and other factors to cancer risk; the impact of air pollution on cardiopulmonary conditions, motivating the EPA to more stringent limits; the link between aspirin use and reduced risk of colon cancer; the link between postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy and various gynecologic cancers (such as breast and ovarian cancer); the link between diabetes and cancers of the pancreas and colon; and the link between physical activity and lower risk of various cancers (like breast, colon, and prostate cancer).