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Seeking Help In Cancer Fight

Queens Residents Asked To Enroll In Study

Recruits are being sought by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for itsCancer Prevention Study 3,” and volunteers are invited to enroll next month at a number of local hospitals.

The ACS is looking for men and women between 30 and 65 years of age who have not been previously diagnosed with cancer. Individuals who have had non-melanoma skin cancers (such as basal or squamous cell), however, may be eligible to participate.

Cancer Prevention Study 3, as with its two previous editions, aims to gather information from participants in order to determine the various factors (such as lifestyle, environment and genetics) that either cause or prevent cancer. Through periodic questionnaires, the ACS learns about each patient’s health and uses that knowledge to better understand what causes cancer and what prevents it.

The data gathered is then used by the ACS in its research and development of new treatment methods- and, possibly, a cure-for certain types of cancers.

At the enrollment events scheduled next month, volunteers will be asked to sign a consent form, com- plete a brief survey, provide a blood sample and allow for a waist circumference measurement. The ACS noted that the entire enrollment process takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Thereafter, each participant will be mailed questionnaires by the ACS every two years inquiring about the individual’s condition and updated information. The study will take place over the course of 20 years.

Overall, the ACS hopes to enroll 300,000 volunteers nationwide, at least 25 percent of which will be minorities since there are different cancer risk factors associated with both racial and ethnic lines.

Volunteers can sign up for Cancer Prevention Study 3 at the following dates, times and locations:

– Tuesday, May 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Forest Hills Hospital, located at 102-01 66th Rd. in Forest Hills (enrollment will be in the eighth floor conference room).

– Tuesday, May 21, from 4 to 7 p.m. at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center, located at 270-05 76th Ave. in New Hyde Park (enrollment in Cafeteria Rooms A and B).

– Tuesday, May 21, from 3 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. John’s University Law School Private Dining Room, located at 8000 Utopia Pkwy. in Jamaica;

– Wednesday, May 22, from 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at New York Hospital Queens Lang Lobby/Auditorium, located at 56-45 Main St. in Flushing; and

– Wednesday, May 22, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the North Shore- LIJ Monter Cancer Center, Center for Advanced Medicine-Center Street, located at 450 Lakeville Rd. in New Hyde Park.

For additional information on the study, visit www.cancer.org/cps3. For questions on enrollment email jeffrey. nguyen@cancer.org or call 1- 888-604-5888.

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