The Woodward News

Local News

October 9, 2013

Volunteers wanted for cancer study

Woodward, Okla. — As the American Cancer Society prepares to conduct a massive and historic nationwide research study, the organization is needing more local volunteers to become study participants.

Toward that end, the American Cancer Society (ACS) will be holding a Woodward County kickoff meeting for the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) this Thursday at Woodward Regional Hospital.  The meeting will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the hospital's Community Room and lunch will be provided.

Terri Salisbury, who is the Woodward County CPS-3 volunteer chair, said the purpose of the kickoff event is "to recruit 'Community Champions' to go out and spread the word about the study."

These Community Champions can be "anyone who has an interest in helping prevent cancer," Salisbury said, explaining their job will be to help find and encourage people to enroll in the study.

Even those interested in enrolling themselves in the study are invited to attend the kickoff event.

"We need more people to get enrolled," Salisbury said.

She said officials are looking for around 15 Community Champions to help them get at least 125 people from the Woodward County area to sign up to participate in the CPS-3 study.  Nationwide, ACS is looking for 300,000 study participants.

Only those people aged 30 to 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are eligible to participate in the study.

"It's a study to look at the environmental, genetic, or lifestyle factors that might cause or prevent cancer; the goal is to better understand those various factors," Salisbury said.

Data for the study will mainly be collected through a series of surveys conducted over the next 20 years, she said.  As part of these surveys, study participants will answer questions about various possible cancer-related factors.

Initially study participants will also have a small amount of blood drawn and a waist measurement taken by ACS study officials, Salisbury said.

"But no tests will be run on the blood unless that person has a cancer diagnosis in the future," she said.

As the study continues, ACS officials will review research findings from those participants who develop cancer and those who don't "to see if there's any common factors," Salisbury said.

For example, the previous CPS-1 and CPS-2 studies helped officials determine that smoking and second-hand smoke are clearly linked to cancer.

As part of Thursday's CPS-3 kickoff, Salisbury said that Lisa Foster from the American Cancer Society will share more information about the upcoming study.

In addition, she said Gary Reavis will share his story as a cancer survivor and Kristen Mills, RN, will share what it's like to care for those with cancer.

Salisbury said Reavis' and Mills' stories will "help people realize the importance of continued study in the cancer field so we can help prevent what they've been through from happening to someone else."

While 2 similar studies were completed in the past, Salisbury said that societal changes in how we live may change how individuals are affected by cancer.

"Our technology, medicines, and lifestyles have changed so much in just the last generation and this study will look at current acts and lifestyles and what factors from those make people at risk for cancer or what factors might prevent cancer," she said.

Those wanting to attend Thursday's kickoff meeting are asked to RSVP by e-mailing Salisbury at or by calling her at the Woodward County Health Department at (580) 256-6416.  This registration is not required, she said, but is requested since lunch will be served during the meeting.

For those who are unable to attend the meeting, Salisbury said they can call her for more information or visit to learn more and even enroll for the study.

Eligible persons must enroll by Nov. 19 to participate in the study, as ACS officials will be in Woodward on Nov. 20 to collect the blood samples and initial data from study participants, Salisbury said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Commissioners to act on agreements

    Lawn care will be the focus of action at the Woodward City Commission meeting Monday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

    April 20, 2014

  • Disaster assistance charity organizing

    The 2012 Woodward tornado did more than just destroy a significant part of Woodward, in an ironic way it helped create a springboard for some who recognized a need for a different kind of disaster assistance.

    April 20, 2014

  • Area school calendars

    School activities for April 21-26

    April 20, 2014

  • Several blood drives coming up

    Local blood donors will have a number of opportunities in the coming weeks to make a life saving donation of blood.

    April 20, 2014

  • Free Financial Fitness Kits available from OSCPA

    April is National Financial Capability Month and the Oklahoma Jump$tart Coalition is observing it's 10th annual Jump$tart Your Money Week, April 20-26.

    April 20, 2014

  • Filing period set for conservation boards

    Woodward County agricultural producer Jerry Hunter is mainly a cattleman.

    April 18, 2014

  • Policy amendment on county agenda

    County Commissioners will approve a new amendment to the Woodward County Employees Personnel Policy Book Monday at the regularly scheduled meeting.

    April 18, 2014

  • Easter services

    A roundup of Easter programs being held by local churches.

    April 17, 2014

  • Western Plains recognized as Certified Healthy Business

    Western Plains Youth and Family Services in Woodward is one of the organizations selected by the Certified Healthy Oklahoma program as a Certified Healthy Business.

    April 17, 2014

  • Sod House Museum hosting program

    Dr. Eric J. Schmaltz, associate history professor at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, will be at the Sod House Museum Saturday, April 26 to present an overview and presentation on “Germans from Russia in South America: New Research Frontiers."

    April 17, 2014