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SARAH KITCHEN: Study results may aid cancer prevention

on May 01, 2013 10:40 AM

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words “you have cancer”?

Residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place in Indiana at the Indiana Relay for Life at the White Township Recreation Complex.

Enrollment will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31.

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up.

Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3.

For more information, visit www.cancer.org/cps3, email cps3@cancer.org or call toll-free (888) 604-5888.

 

Sarah Kitchen

Indiana

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