NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) - The City of New Bedford and Southcoast Centers for Cancer Care have partnered with the American Cancer Society to bring the Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3 to the Southcoast area.
The national study, also known as CPS-3, will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States.
It's expected to help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer, and will further efforts to eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.
CPS-3 is the latest addition to the Society's groundbreaking cancer prevention studies, which have been instrumental in helping identify major factors that can affect cancer risk.
Researchers say CPS-3 holds the best hope of identifying new and emerging cancer risks. But its success depends on members of the community becoming involved.
Researchers will use data from CPS-3 to build on evidence from those earlier cancer prevention studies, which began in the 1950s and involved hundreds of thousands of volunteer participants.
Officials are expected to announce more details at a news conference Tuesday at 2 p.m. at New Bedford City Hall.