BOC to recognize cancer study

An upcoming cancer study will be recognized in March by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners.

The study, organized by the American Cancer Society, is the reason why the BOC will acknowledge the week beginning on March 3 as Cancer Prevention Week in Gwinnett. Enrollment for the study, called CPS-3, is throughout metro Atlanta and eligible for men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.

Gwinnett Commission Chair Charlotte Nash is scheduled to sign the proclamation at 2 p.m. on Feb. 19 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

"By encouraging the residents of Gwinnett to get involved in CPS-3, county officials are helping to fight cancer for residents of their community and everywhere for generations to come," said Randy Redner, Georgia Vice President with the American Cancer Society.

An enrollment event in Gwinnett wil be in Lawrenceville at the Tull Gwinnett Family YMCA from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5, and from 8 a.m. to noon on March 7. And at the Robert D. Fowler YMCA in Norcross, enrollment will be from 8 a.m. to noon on March 5 and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 6.

The ACS is looking for 5,000 enrollees throughout metro Atlanta, the largest in the country, and part of a nationwide and Puerto Rico goal of 300,000 people.

This study follows two earlier studies that linked smoking with lung cancer and obesity and cancer. Enrollees must read and sign a consent form, complete a comprehensive survey about lifestyle, behavior and other health factors, have your waist circumference measured and give a small blood sample.

Followup surveys will be sent every few years to enrollees.

For more information, or to sign up, visit www.cps3atlanta.com or call 1-888-604-5888.