Albany Med Leads Way in 'Historic' Cancer Study


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Albany Med Leads Way in 'Historic' Cancer Study

September 18, 2012 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., September 18, 2012-Calling it an "historic opportunity to fight cancer," Albany Medical Center today urged Capital Region residents to join with its employees to participate in a landmark study that has the potential to prevent cancer for future generations.

In partnership with the American Cancer Society, Albany Med is encouraging its 7,200 employees to enroll in "Cancer Prevention Study-3" (CPS-3), designed to better understand the lifestyle, environmental, behavioral and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. The 20-year study is the only one of its kind currently being conducted in the U.S. 

Nationwide, the American Cancer Society seeks to enroll 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds between now and December 2013. This is the third study it has undertaken since the 1960s; previous studies have provided breakthrough information about the causes of cancer, such as smoking (1960s) and obesity (1990s).

"This study provides a meaningful, yet simple, way for individuals, and Albany Med, to join the fight against cancer," said James J. Barba, president and CEO of Albany Medical Center.

"Virtually everyone has been touched in some way by cancer, and who knows that better than the employees of Albany Med? While our researchers explore new treatments and cures, every day our employees see the ravages of cancer. We are committed to improving the health of our region and building a better world where cancer is no longer a killer. 

"This is an opportunity for all of Albany to play a role in helping prevent cancer," he continued, lauding a number community partners and organizations for their noteworthy part in supporting this grassroots effort, including Trinity Alliance, A Village, Girls Incorporated of the Greater Capital Region, United Way of the Greater Capital Region, NYOH, SEFCU, CDPHP, Visiting Nurses Association, the Governor's Office of Employee Relations, as well as members of the University Heights Association ‹ Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Albany Law School and The Sage Colleges.

"This is an incredible opportunity for Albany-and our region-to be a part of a very significant nationwide study. Again, Albany Medical Center proves itself a powerful partner, an invaluable resource to the city of Albany and our community, and a leader in health issues that matter. And as always, I commend the American Cancer Society for its important work," said Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings.

Enrollment for Albany Med employees, community organizations and the general public will take place:

* Thursday, Oct. 18: 10 am-1:30 pm, Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center, 62 New Scotland Ave., Albany
* Friday, Oct. 19: 7 am-2 pm, Harriman State Campus, Building 8A, New York State Department of Tax and Finance, Albany
* Sunday, Oct. 21: 9 am-2 pm, Making Strides Against Cancer Walk, Washington Park, Albany

Those eligible to participate in the 20-year study are men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Enrolling in the study involves several simple steps: signing an informed consent form; completing a comprehensive survey that includes information on lifestyle, behavioral and other factors related to health; taking a waist measurement; and giving a small blood sample. Once enrolled, the American Cancer Society will send periodic follow-up surveys to update its information, as well as annual newsletters with study updates and results. Prior registration for enrollment is suggested; to schedule an appointment visit

"I encourage faith-based organizations in Albany to promote CPS-3 and to help ensure that at least 25 percent of study participants are from a minority population. This is important because in order to prevent cancer among African-Americans, who are disproportionately affected by the disease, we must better understand their lifestyle, environment and genetics," said Brenda P. Traynham, pastor of New Horizons Christian Church in Albany's South End.

"CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer so we can be better equipped to prevent cancer," said Rufus Collea, M.D., medical oncologist at New York Oncology Hematology at Albany Med and chief medical officer of the Capital Region American Cancer Society. "The study holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks, and we can only do this if our communities are willing to get involved. We appreciate Albany Med's leadership role in supporting enrollment in this study."

Researchers in the American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from a series of American Cancer Society studies that began in the 1950s and collectively have involved millions of volunteer participants. The Hammond-Horn Study of 1954 and previous Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS-I and CPS-II) have played a major role in understanding cancer prevention and risk, and have contributed significantly to the scientific basis and development of public health guidelines and recommendations.

Those 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. A second study, CPS-II began in 1982 and is ongoing, but changes in lifestyle and in the understanding of cancer in the three decades since its launch make it important to begin a new study, CPS-3.

For more information or to learn how to become involved with CPS-3, visit, email, or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.

Additional reading:
American Cancer Society Research Program
Recent Developments in Cancer Research


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit

About Albany Medical Center
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals, and also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region's largest physicians practice with 350 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's health and quality of life. For more information: or

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