ST. PAUL, MN – In a first in the nation effort, Minnesota lawmakers are rolling up their sleeves to fight cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).
State Reps. Debra Hilstrom (DFL – Brooklyn Center), Michael Nelson (DFL – Brooklyn Park), and State Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL – Brooklyn Center) spoke at a Capitol Rotunda press conference today with members of Senator Linda Scheid’s family. Sen. Scheid passed away on June 15, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
“Nearly everyone has lost a loved one to cancer," said Rep. Hilstrom. “By participating in studies like this one, we can move closer to a day where a young child won’t lose a parent to cancer, a brother won’t lose a sister, and we won’t lose another friend and colleague like Senator Scheid.”
Previous cancer prevention studies from the American Cancer Society have been instrumental in helping identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk, including the link between cigarette smoking and cancer, as well as environmental risks for cancer. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks and can help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.
"Every study shows that the earlier cancer is caught, the better the chance of survival,” said Rep. Nelson. “I'm proud to be part of an effort in honor of Senator Scheid that has the potential to save many lives in the future."
To enroll in the study, participants are asked to complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health, have their waist measured and give a small blood sample. After that, the American Society will send periodic follow-up surveys over the next 20-30 years.
"As a nurse for 15 years I cannot overstate the importance of learning more about how to prevent such a devastating disease as cancer,” added Sen. Eaton. “We shouldn’t miss this opportunity in the fight against cancer. It only takes a moment to participate in this landmark study and your help could save lives.”
A wide range of Minnesota state employees are joining the fight against cancer, including employees of the Minnesota Judicial Branch, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, the Minnesota Department of Administration, the Minnesota Association of Professional Employees and the Minnesota Government Relations Council.
For more information on the CPS-3 program, visit http://www.cancer.org/Research/ResearchProgramsFunding/Epidemiology-CancerPreventionStudies/CancerPreventionStudy-3/index.