Baton Rouge American Cancer Society launches new study

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana has the second highest cancer death rate in the country. The American Cancer Society hopes a new study being launched in Louisiana and across the country may help change that.

This week the ACS unveiled Cancer Prevention Study 3 or CPS-3 for short. The third in a series of studies, researchers say CPS-3 will paint the clearest picture yet of what's causing cancer in people today. The hope is that it will also lead to new, more effective ways to treat and prevent cancer.

Similar studies in the past resulted in major findings, things like:

  • The link between cigarettes and cancer
  • The connection between second-hand smoke and an increased risk of lung cancer and heart disease
  • That a low-dose aspirin a day can guard against colon cancer

ACS-3 will be the first research the organization has done that will include genetic risk factors.  Anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 who hasn't had cancer can participate in this latest study.

Barbara Bracken signed up online. She had some powerful motivation. "I signed up because I have several friends one of them called me Friday and said she had cancer and a classmate who died of cancer."

People who would like to take part in this ACS-3 can sign up at a number of local churches and YMCA's in Baton Rouge. You can also enroll on your computer.  Just click on this link.  It will take you where you need to go.

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