Fall 2007 Issue

Fall 2007 Issue

Live and Learn

Earlier this year, researchers from the American Cancer Society began enrolling 500,000 adults across the country in its Cancer Prevention Study-III (CPS-III).

The enrollment officially kicked off March 30 during Relay for Life on Barry University’s main campus, which was one of the first sites in the country to begin the enrollment. This historic study will help the American Cancer Society better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and hopefully eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.

CPS-III will build on data from three previous studies from the American Cancer Society, the first of which began in the 1950s. These studies, which include Hammond-Horn, CPS-I, and CPS-II, have played a major role in the understanding of cancer prevention and contributed significantly to scientific literature as well as the development of public health guidelines and recommendations.

The American Cancer Society estimates that nearly 1.4 million people living in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cancer in 2007, and that nearly 565,000 will die from the disease. Scientific evidence suggests that about one-third of cancer deaths are related to nutrition, physical inactivity, and overweight or obesity.