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If You Could Help Save Lives, Would You?

The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 will soon give Wisconsinites a chance to get directly involved in life-saving cancer research.
The American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study-3 will soon give Wisconsinites a chance to get directly involved in life-saving cancer research.
March 25, 2013

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. - Past research by the American Cancer Society has led to several breakthroughs, such as finding the links that cigarettes and obesity have to cancer. Now, Wisconsinites have an opportunity to sign up for another major study, "Cancer Prevention Study-3" (CPS3), which is intended to help identify new risk factors and improve understanding of how cancer develops.

Kirby Davidson, Sun Prairie, is the father of a teenage boy who lost his fight with brain cancer after a 10-year battle.

"He was in clinical trials, had to take chemo and radiation, had a number of different brain surgeries, and through it all he lived with a 'fight on' attitude," Davidson said. "He would never say that medicine failed him. He would say it gave him a fighting chance."

Because of his son Ryan's brave attitude, Davidson was motivated to volunteer for the American Cancer Society. He urged people to go to www.cancer.org/CPS3 and register for the study.

"You will have a brief 20- to 30-minute appointment, just to get some history and background, and there's an annual survey that takes just a few minutes to complete," he explained. "Then they will track you for the next 20 to 30 years."

The study will help scientists better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can cause or prevent cancer, he added.

Davidson, whose son Ryan was only six years old when the cancer was discovered, said cancer touches nearly everyone.

"Cancer does not discriminate, doesn't care if you're rich or poor or black or white or where you live," he said. "It affects over a million people a year. One in two men and one in three women in their lifetime is going to hear the words 'you have cancer.'"

Enrollment in Cancer Prevention Study-3 begins in the Madison area on April 16, in the Milwaukee area on April 25, in northeastern Wisconsin on May 7, and in the rest of the state this fall.

More information is available at www.cancer.org or call 1-888-604-5888.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI