The goal is a simple one — create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
In order to meet that goal, Sierra Providence Health Network and the American Cancer Society are starting a data-based cancer study called the Cancer Prevention Study III, or CPS-3.
“This is the third study we’ve done nationally,” said Jason McCoy, vice president of the American Cancer Society in the West Texas region. “The first was in the ’50s where we learned a lot about lung cancer and tobacco. The second one was in the ’70s and we learned about obesity and not only how it effects cancer but how it affects diabetes and heart disease.”
McCoy said those two studies were primarily made up of white non-Hispanic women.
“What we are wanting to do with this one is have more Hispanics and African-Americans involved and more men,” he said. “It’s rare when we have the opportunity for people from El Paso to be able to be involved in these types of studies.”