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American Cancer Society To Host Breakfast in Macon

American Cancer Society To Host Breakfast in Macon

To Encourage Enrollment in Historic Cancer Prevention Study-3

Mayors of Macon, Warner Robins, Bibb County Commission to Issue Proclamation

MACON, GA (Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2011) – The American Cancer Society will host a press conference and CEO breakfast on Thursday in the President's Dining Room at Mercer University to urge central Georgia residents to sign up for the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). Special guests at the event will include Macon Mayor Robert Reichert, Warner Robins Mayor Chuck Shaheen and Bibb County Commissioner Sam Hart, who will issue a joint proclamation in support of CPS-3.

The breakfast is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Attendees are asked to RSVP today. Please call the American Cancer Society at 478-743-6391.

The historic CPS-3 study has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. CPS-3 will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the study. The American Cancer Society aims to enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

“This is a unique and unprecedented opportunity for our community to come together around a cause that unites us all,” Director of the Cancer Life Center at The Medical Center of Central Georgia and Macon City Councilwoman Nancy White said. “I challenge every business, civic, non-profit and educational leader to rally their ranks and encourage enrollment. It is so simple to participate, yet so profound what a difference your commitment can make in the fight against cancer.”

CPS-3 enrollment will be held at the Cancer Life Center in the Center for Ambulatory Services, 1014 Forsyth St. on Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 26 from 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

To enroll in CPS-3, individuals will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to his or her health; have height, weight, blood pressure, heart rate, and waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. Upon completion of this process, the American Cancer Society will send follow-up surveys every few years to update participants' information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately an hour to complete.