Topinka Calls On Illinoisans To Join
Cancer Research Effort

By on June 30, 2013

CHICAGO, IL (June 24, 2013) – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka joined representatives and volunteers from the American Cancer Society at the Thompson Center in Chicago Monday to celebrate the organization’s 100th Birthday and promote participation in a new Cancer Prevention Study.

The Cancer Society launched its first Prevention Study nearly 60 years ago, and conducted a follow-up study years later. The pair of investigations led to important discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers.

On Monday, Topinka and Cancer Society leaders encouraged residents to enroll for a third study.

“Cancer Prevention Study -3 is an unprecedented opportunity for Illinois residents to get involved and make a difference,” Topinka said. “It’s a chance to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.”

In addition to Topinka, volunteer champion and President of the American Cancer Society’s leadership board, Claire Thibodeaux spoke about her involvement and experiences with the cancer research effort.

CPS-3 is a historic research study that gives scientists a better understanding of cancer causes, prevention and treatment. The Society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people.

Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. They will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants.

Visit www.cancer.org/cps3, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail cps3@cancer.org to learn more about Cancer Prevention Study-3.