American Cancer Society Visits DCCC for Research Study
Oct. 2, 2013 – The American Cancer Society recently visited Davidson County Community College to help spread the word on a unique nationwide study – the ACS Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3). The outcome of the study may help obtain answers to what causes certain types of cancers and how to prevent the disease.
The college was chosen as a site as a way to not only help educate the public about the ongoing study, but to encourage community members to enroll. As one of the largest employers in Davidson County, DCCC is heavily involved in other projects organized by the ACS, including Relay for Life.
Jennifer Sink, biology faculty at DCCC and cancer survivor, has been involved with ACS events for eight years. She notes that the campus served as a great location to share facts and details about the study and what it can do to help the fight against cancer in the future.
“DCCC is proud to serve the citizens of Davidson County and our neighboring counties,” says Jennifer Sink. “Our primary focus is to educate our community, and this extends past the classroom.”
This particular study, the CPS-3, seeks to find out how genetics and lifestyle factors may play a role in causing cancer. Previous studies completed by the ACS have linked cigarette smoking and obesity to cancer. The nationwide study, which will draw from 300,000 participants, will include research for a 20-30 year period and will follow participants during the research period.
Rebecca Sink, community manager in the South Atlantic Division of ACS, says participating in the study may seem like a big commitment, but those involved are only contacted every two to four years to gather information on health and lifestyle changes.
“This is a very broad study that could truly change the face of cancer and how we prevent it,” Rebecca Sink says. “Just as the polio vaccination took time and research, I believe these types of studies will do the same for cancer; it may not be in our lifetimes, but if it affects our children and future generations, then it’s valuable to us.”
“We currently have faculty and staff who are being treated for cancer, and it’s important for all of us to unite together for a common cause,” says Jennifer Sink. “Most of our students, faculty and staff have been affected by cancer in some way, and if this study yields results that will help prevent cancer, the impact could be life-changing.”
Rebecca Sink adds that educating the DCCC community about this historic research effort was a great opportunity. She says students were interested in what they were doing, and many had stories to share about family and friends affected by cancer.
“Everyone has a story about how their life has been touched by cancer, and it really helps people to be able to share their experiences.” Rebecca Sink says. “We appreciate the people who came to us and brought us their stories about people they knew who were affected by cancer. It was really neat to see the younger generations on campus get involved.
For more information about the study, visit www.cps3davidson.org.
*Editor’s Note: Pictured are DCCC students getting information about the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study. From left to right are Rebecca Sink, community manager in the South Atlantic Division of ACS; Cecilia Hargrave, DCCC student studying early childhood education; and Taylor Burke, DCCC student studying nursing.
Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.