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Cancer Prevention Study-3

American Cancer Society logoDurham County has an opportunity to participate in a groundbreaking 20-30 year study to help understand the causes of cancer – and ultimately to eradicate it – and Durham County Library will play a major role.

The American Cancer Society has selected the Main Library as one of four Durham and Orange County enrollment sites for the Cancer Prevention Study – 3. The goal is to enroll a minimum of 150 people to participate at each site.

Enrollment will take place on Tuesday, September 24, from 3 – 6:30 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., but you must schedule an enrollment appointment in advance.

You can help the fight against cancer, and ensure that Durham County is counted, by registering for an enrollment appointment below, or you can register at the Summer Reading finale celebration happening at your favorite library on Aug. 9 or 10. (Check here for the finale schedule.)

You can also help by becoming a CPS-3 Champion, and encouraging others to participate in this life-saving study.

Research today for a cancer-free tomorrow.

What is CPS-3 and who can participate?

The Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) is helping to create a world with less cancer…and more birthdays. CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study.

The American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is inviting men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have never personally been diagnosed with cancer to join this historic study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. The purpose of CPS-3 is to better understand the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations.

Enrollment appointment information, dates, and locations

Participation is easy and enrollment is available in your local community. Local enrollment is being made possible in partnership with the Durham County Library, the Jewish Federation of Durham-Chapel Hill, The Catholic Community of St. Thomas More, and Duke Regional Hospital (formerly Durham Regional). Your initial enrollment requires two steps and will involve the following:

  • After scheduling your enrollment appointment, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with instructions to go online and complete your first, most comprehensive survey. This survey will ask you questions regarding medications you are taking, family history of cancer, lifestyle and other behaviors. This survey should be completed prior to your appointment time.
  • At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a brief survey, as well as 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. Your appointment should last approximately 20 – 30 minutes.

Enrollment is taking place at:

Durham County Library
300 North Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701
Click here for driving directions.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The Catholic Community of St. Thomas More
Parish Center
940 Carmichael Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Click here for driving directions.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Levin Jewish Community Center
Community Hall
1937 West Cornwallis Road
Durham, NC 27705
Click here for driving directions.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Duke Regional Hospital (Formerly Durham Regional)
Duke Regional Auditorium
3643 North Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27704
Click here for driving directions.
Thursday, September 26, 2013, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Following enrollment, you will periodically receive mailed surveys at home every few years to update your information. You will also receive annual study newsletters to update you on research taking place in the Cancer Prevention Studies.

Confidentiality of your information

Confidentiality is of the upmost importance to us, and we will make every effort to protect the privacy of study participants. We have multiple procedures in place to safeguard personal information that is collected. All personal information and any individual results of blood analyses that may be performed will be kept strictly confidential by American Cancer Society research staff. There will be no cost to you to participate.

What is involved with being a champion?

Time Commitment: 2 month timeframe, 1-2 hours per week

General Responsibilities:

  • Attend a kickoff meeting and one conference call to learn the importance of CPS-3 and how to promote the study using various promotional templates
  • Work with the Lead Champion and local staff to promote the CPS-3 enrollment to personal and professional contacts to engage a minimum of 10 qualified individuals in the study
  • Communicate progress regularly to designated lead
  • Understand the long term commitment participants are making to the study and emphasize this in your promotional efforts
  • Follow the research protocol for the study, exactly as laid out by the ACS research staff (to ensure standardized procedure for all enrollment sites)

For more information about becoming a champion, contact CPS-3 Event Manager Eric Heydorn at or 919-334-5236.

For more information about CPS-3, please visit or email or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.


2 Responses to Cancer Prevention Study-3

  1. Matthew Wood September 6, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    Can individuals who have had basal cells or other benign growths removed participate? Thanks.

    • Durham County Library September 6, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      I’m not sure. I would recommend getting the info directly from the American Cancer Society by visiting, emailing or calling 1-888-604-5888. They should be able to provide more details.

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