American Cancer Society bringing research programs, enrolling participants, in southwestern Connecticut

The American Cancer Society this week is signing up people to participate in “a historic nationwide study” to help researchers better understand possible links between cancer and genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. Here are the dates and locations:
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Western Connecticut Health Network
Biomedical Research Institute
131 West Street, Danbury, CT
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Westport Weston Family Y
59 Post Road East, Westport, CT
8:00am – 12:00pm
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Western Connecticut Health Network
Danbury Hospital, Praxair Cancer Center
Praxair Conference Room
24 Hospital Ave., Danbury, CT
11:00am – 3:00pm
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Bridgeport Hospital
Mill Hill B
267 Grant Street, Bridgeport, CT
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Thursday, November 21, 2013
New Milford Hospital
Robinson Rooms A & B
21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT
4:00pm – 8:00pm
Here is the organization’s news release”
“Public Support Is Critical
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been previously diagnosed with cancer are needed to join this research study.  If you are interested, please pre-register at or call toll-free 1-888-604-5888.
Taking less than 30 minutes in total, individuals will go to one of the area locations, read/sign a consent form; complete a brief survey; have their waist circumference measured; and give a small blood sample.  At home, participants will complete a survey about lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to their health. The Society will continue to send follow-up surveys to update participant information, as well as study updates and results.
Help from Bridgeport and Danbury Area Organizations
CT Challenge, Western Connecticut Health Networks, Westport Weston Family Y, Bridgeport Hospital and New Milford Hospital have all agreed to host this innovative research event at their worksites, according to Michelle Wolf, Vice President for Health Initiatives with the American Cancer Society.
“Each of these organizations is aligned with the mission of the American Cancer Society.  This is a perfect example of how a company and its employees prioritize initiatives that benefit public health and we are very proud of these outstanding community partners,” she added.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 13.7 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit”