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Jan 12, 2012 | EDOT Staff

St. David's, Austin, to Lead Way in Cancer Research

Cancer is a word heard too often in the community. This is why St. David's is fighting back against this disease by becoming the first church in Texas to team up with the American Cancer Society for a new research study called Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).


The ultimate goal of CPS-3 is to enroll men and women from various racial/ethnic backgrounds from across the U.S. to participate in a study that will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. This research could save lives.  


"We couldn't let this opportunity pass us by," said the Rev. David Boyd, Rector. "All of our lives have been affected by this disease. Too many of us have lost a beloved friend or family member. As a church community, this is something proactive we can do. We can help make a difference in our lives, the lives of our children, and all the lives of those who come after us."


American Cancer Society studies began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants. These studies have led to discoveries such as the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer and the role obesity plays in the risk of several cancers. The new CPS-3 will help researchers build on evidence from previous studies, and help bring us closer to eliminating cancer as a major health burden for this and future generations.


Would you like to participate?


If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll. If you are interested in enrolling, please follow these simple steps:


  • Visit to schedule your appointment. St. David's will host appointments on Thursday, March 1, 11 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 4, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • After scheduling your appointment, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to go online and complete the comprehensive survey which will ask for detailed information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to health.
  • At your appointment, you will be asked to sign an informed consent form, complete a short survey, and provide a waist measure and a small blood sample (similar to a doctor's visit). The blood sample will be taken by a certified, trained phlebotomist.
  • At home, you will be asked to complete mailed surveys every few years over the next 20-30 years to update lifestyle, medical, and behavioral information.


Your appointment should last 20-30 minutes. Completing the comprehensive survey online prior to your appointment will take approximately 45-60 minutes. There will be no cost to you to participate.


For more information about CPS-3, please visit, email , or call toll-free 1.888.604.5888.