EUGENE, Ore. — Cancer rates are on the rise. This year alone, 1.6 million new cancer patients will be diagnosed.
The American Cancer Society has launched a nationwide cancer study — Cancer Prevention Study 3, or CPS-3. Typically only residents from larger cities are invitied, but for the first time in the Pacific Northwest, a smaller community is invited to take part.
Marvin Revoal of Eugene is leading the campaign.
Revoal is the former president of Maude Kerns Art Center and the local chapter of the NAACP. Now, he’s president of his own company, PBP Insurance.
“This is a business. You’re always networking. You get involved. You prove to people what you can do,” says Revoal.
But at 42 years old, Revoal was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was then diagnosed with Harry’s Cell Leukemia in 2007, which returned in 2010. He fought it, now a 3-time cancer survivor.
“You know the individual when you see them. They’re tired, they’re worn out, they’re trying to get through the day,” says Revoal.
In 2010, Revoal made the connection of a lifetime. On a flight to Phoenix, he met Greg Duff who was diagnosed with stage-three colon cancer. Both of the men had cancer at 42 years old, both were from Eugene, and their children each went to school at South Eugene High School, but they had not previously met.
Greg’s wife, Brooks Duff, was also on the plane. Brooks is the American Cancer Society’s Great West Division Manager, and she oversees the Cancer Prevention Study 3 in the Pacific Northwest. The national study began in 2007 with a goal of 300,000 participants. This year is the last year to enroll, and Brooks asked Revoal if he would be interested in helping the American Cancer Society.
Eugene is being asked to take part in the study to better understand genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. The study is open to anyone between the ages of 30 and 65 years of age who has not been diagnosed with cancer and is willing to commit to a long term study over the next 20 to 30 years. The initial sign-up requires a blood draw. Participants would then need to fill out a questionaire every couple of years.
The overall goal for the Eugene-Springfield area is 600 participants, but organizers are aiming much higher. The research could lead to a cure, and that’s what motivates Revoal.
“It’s important to me because I never want to go through what I went through in order to live,” says Revoal.
The American Cancer Society is currently enrolling participants. Click here to sign up for the study.
Here is a list of local enrollment locations and dates once you’ve registered for the study:
YMCA 2055 Patterson St. Eugene, OR 97405
-Tuesday, August 20 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
-Saturday, August 24 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Echo Hollow Pool 1655 Echo Hollow Rd. Eugene, OR 97402
-Thursday, August 22 3 p.m.-7 p.m.
PeaceHealth RiverBend Annex (cafeteria)123 International Way Springfield, OR 97477
-Wednesday, August 21 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Fit City Wellness Center 1010 Oak St. Eugene, OR 97401
-Thursday, August 22 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Willamette Valley Cancer Institute 520 Country Club Rd. Eugene, OR 97401
-Friday, August 23 12 p.m.-4 p.m.