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Newton Medical Center Seeks Volunteers for Nationwide Cancer Prevention Study

Newton, NJ, September 10, 2013 – What if you could prevent even one family member from hearing the words, “You have cancer?” The American Cancer Society, Newton Medical Center, Sparta Cancer Center and Sussex County YMCA are seeking volunteers across the state to participate in a historic, nationwide Cancer Prevention Study (CPS-3) to help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer.

During a kick-off event at Newton Medical Center this morning, May Matkiwsky, DO, a board certified medical oncology-hematologist and co-chair of the Newton Medical Center Cancer Committee addressed the audience members about the importance and significance of the cancer prevention study.  

“We are proud to partner with the American Cancer Society for this historic study in utilizing our hospital as an enrollment site for the CPS-3 study,” said Dr. Matkiwsky. “As part of Atlantic Health System, Newton Medical Center’s vision is to empower our communities to be the healthiest in the nation. This study gives us a remarkable opportunity to achieve that goal, as the best way to beat cancer is to prevent it.”

“This study provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Americans to participate in lifesaving cancer research,” said Angela Cimilluca, Community Mission Manager of the American Cancer Society.  “We are excited to offer this opportunity for Northwest New Jersey residents to make an appointment and enroll in the study at a location of their convenience.  We need passionate people who are committed to fighting cancer.”

While the American Cancer Society has been conducting these types of studies for decades, their world-class research department can only study new and emerging cancer risks if members of the community are willing to become involved.

Men and women who are willing to volunteer to participate in the study must be between the ages of 30 and 65 and never have been diagnosed with cancer. The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people across the United States. To enroll, individuals provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a comprehensive survey online or at the enrollment site. Over the course of the study, participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years.

Enrollment opportunities will be provided in November as follows:

  • Friday, November 1st from 1:30 to 4:30pm
    Sussex County YMCA, 15 Wits End Drive, Hamburg, NJ

  • Wednesday, November 6th from 8:30am to12:30pm
    Newton Medical Center, 175 High Street, Newton, NJ

  • Thursday, November 7th from 4:00 to7:00pm
    Sparta Cancer Center, 89 Sparta Avenue, Sparta Township, NJ

“Many individuals diagnosed with cancer struggle to answer the question, ‘What caused my cancer?’ In many cases, we don’t know the answer,” said Cimilluca.  “CPS-3 will help us better understand what factors cause cancer, and once we know that, we can be better equipped to prevent cancer.”

For more information or to enroll in the CPS-3 study call toll-free1-888-604-5888 or sign-up online >

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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society's efforts have contributed to a 20 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. As we mark our 100th birthday in 2013, we're determined to finish the fight against cancer. We're finding cures as the nation’s  largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit the American Cancer Society online >

About Newton Medical Center
Newton Medical Center has been providing care to the people of Sussex and Warren counties in New Jersey, Pike County in Pennsylvania and southern Orange County in New York since 1932. Through our vision, we empower our communities to be the healthiest in the nation.  In 2013, the medical center was named Top Hospital overall in New Jersey and No. 1 for treatment of prostate and breast cancers, congestive heart failure treatment, hip and knee repair, high-risk pregnancy and treatment of neurological disorders, among hospitals with 350 beds or fewer by Inside Jersey magazine. Newton Medical Center is one of only a few health care facilities in NJ to be accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in all three of the following echocardiography procedures:  adult transthoracic,  adult transesophogeal and adult stress. Newton Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System and a member of AllSpire Health Partners.

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