News | Published June 7, 2013

Historic cancer study holds enrollment at Mount Nittany Medical Center

This week, Mount Nittany Medical Center was one of five sites locally to enroll people in a historic cancer study. Eighty-six people were enrolled at the Medical Center between 11:30 am and 4:30 pm on June 5, 2013. The total number of participants for the region was 332.

Below is a list of enrollment sites and the number of participants at each site:

  • Relay For Life of Bellefonte - 75
  • AccuWeather, Inc. - 43
  • Moshannon Valley YMCA - 20
  • Mount Nittany Medical Center - 86
  • JC Blair Memorial Hospital - 108

The American Cancer Society's Epidemiology Research Program has invited men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 years who have no personal history of cancer to join the CPS-3 study. The ultimate goal is to enroll at least 300,000 adults from various racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the US.

“CPS-3 is a grassroots effort where local communities from across the country can support cancer research not just through fundraising efforts, but also by participating actively in this historic research study,” according to Jennifer Schweighauser, health initiatives representative, American Cancer Society.

As part of the enrollment process, participants completed two surveys. In order to provide a baseline, participants at the enrollment site had a waist measurement taken, and a small sample of blood drawn.

The CPS-3 study will continue until 2033. Participants will be asked to fill out surveys, perhaps once per year during the 20-year study.

Enrollment is still open. For future enrollment locations, people can visit, according to Schweighauser.