TROY — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is joining Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in encouraging Southeast Michigan residents and businesses to fight back against cancer by taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3).

According to the American Cancer Society, this study will help researchers better understand the genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will ultimately save lives.

“All of our lives have been touched by cancer in one way or another,” said Automation Alley executive director Ken Rogers. “Supporting the American Cancer Society’s study is a way for us to diminish — perhaps even eliminate — the impact of the disease on future generations.”

The study will enroll a diverse population of 300,000 people from across the United States. In addition to Automation Alley, a number of Southeast Michigan organizations have come together to pledge their support, including Beaumont Health System, Chrysler, General Motors and Henry Ford Health System.

The study is open to men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin cancer). Participants must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study, which involves completing periodic follow-up surveys at home.

Oakland County will host an enrollment site at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, located at 2100 Pontiac lake Road, Building 41 West, in Waterford, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1. Enrollment is free. To view additional enrollment sites, visit To make an appointment, visit or call (866) 604-5888.

To enroll in the study, individuals must read and sign an informed consent form, provide a waist measurement, give a small blood sample and complete a short enrollment survey at the enrollment site. A longer, more comprehensive survey will be completed at home.

For more information about CPS-3, visit or call 1-866-604-5888. For more information about Automation Alley, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or, or visit


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