McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

February 23, 2013

Historic cancer study to take place in McAlester

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER — Pittsburg County residents can be a part of a historic nationwide cancer study, according to Caroline Echelle of the American Cancer Society.

“Whether you are a survivor, caregiver to a cancer patient, or are interested in honoring a friend or loved one who has battled cancer, you are invited to serve as a CPS-3 Champion,” Echelle said.

“As a volunteer champion, you will be making a difference by supporting this once-in-a-generation, historic research study.”

She said the American Cancer Society, High Plains Division, will host the Cancer Prevention Study-3 kick-off event March 5 at the Pittsburg County Health Department, she said.

Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. with the one-hour program to begin at 6:00 p.m.

“The kick off event is set to recruit southeast Oklahoma residents interested in spreading the word about the importance of participating in a historic nationwide study that will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer,” Echelle said.

At the kick off, she said participants will receive all the information they need to educate community members about the study and how they can make an appointment to enroll between May 2, 2013 and May 3 in McAlester.

The Pittsburg County Health Department is at 1400 E. College Ave, McAlester.

Echelle said those interested should contact her by March 4 at 918-423-0687 or by email at

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