Penn Cancer Researchers Seeking Participants for Cancer Prevention Study


April 26, 2012

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KYW Newsradio reports that Philadelphia officials announced Wednesday the American Cancer Society (ACS) will recruit volunteers for a nationwide, longitudinal study on cancer risk and prevention (known as CPS3), at the May 6 Broad Street Run. Anil Rustgi, MD, chief of Gastroenterology, and Carmen Guerra, MD, MSCE, FACP, associate professor of Medicine, spoke at the press conference in support of the ACS initiative. According to Rustgi, study participants must commit to updating their health information periodically for the next 20 to 30 years. “And then (we’ll) see what’s the demographic factors in that individual and what happens to that individual over decades,” Rustgi said. “Could there be some genetic basis that could be used as a biomarker to see who might be at increased risk for cancer?” In a segment on 6ABC, Guerra said much of what we know about cancer today is because of prior studies. "We now know that smoking is a risk factor for lung cancer. We know that obesity is a risk factor for multiple cancers. But we only know that because of CPS1, and CPS2. This study will uncover more risk factors, because we know there are more," she said... Read More

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