Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing


Loyola is Enrollment Site for Landmark American Cancer Society Study

Loyola University Chicago’s Health Sciences Campus is among the Chicago-area enrollment sites for the American Cancer Society’s landmark Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

The study has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Researchers are seeking to enroll men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer.

Enrollment at the Loyola site will be held Wednesday, Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the second floor auditorium of Loyola’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood.

Interested parties can contact the American Cancer Society online, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888 to set up an appointment.

Participants will be asked to read and sign an informed consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample. The in-person enrollment process takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.

At home, participants will complete a comprehensive survey packet that asks for information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other health-related factors. The American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update participant information, and annual newsletters with study updates and results. The initial and follow-up surveys will take an hour or less and are expected to be sent every few years.  

CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to a half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico. The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer.

“CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer,” said Alpa V. Patel, PhD, principal investigator of CPS-3. “Our previous cancer prevention studies have been instrumental in helping us identify some of the major factors that can affect cancer risk. CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if members of the community are willing to become involved.”

Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s and involved millions of participants. The studies confirmed the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstrated the link between larger waist size and increased death rates from cancer and other causes and showed the considerable impact of air pollution on heart and lung conditions. CPS-II began in 1982 and is still ongoing. But changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer since its launch make it important to begin a new study.

The voluntary, long-term commitment by participants will produce benefits for decades to come.