Give Your Time To Help Prevent Cancer In Future GenerationsKatherine Stone
The American Cancer Society is recruiting participants for a long-term study that will look at various factors that might cause or prevent cancer, and you can help. If you’re between 30 and 65 years of age and have no personal history of cancer, you can join in this landmark research that will look at lifestyle, environmental and genetic aspects related to cancer.
Here’s all you will have to do: Go to a recruitment site, read and sign a consent form, complete a survey, provide some physical measurements, give a small blood sample, and respond to follow-up questionnaires by mail once every two years for approximately 20 years. You can give 15 to 45 minutes once every two years to answer some questions, right? If it will help prevent cancer, perhaps even in your children or grandchildren?
Past long-term American Cancer Society studies have played a major role in cancer prevention by demonstrating:
- a link between smoking and lung cancer;
- the significant impact of being overweight or obese on cancer risk;
- the impact of hormones, physical activity and diet on cancer risk; and
- a link between aspirin use and reduced risk of colon cancer.
To find out if you are eligible and how and where to join this important study, known as CPS-3, click here. Their goal is to enroll 300,000 people, so every willing participant is needed! Our generation can help prevent cancer just by giving our time—I think that’s a pretty awesome opportunity to make a difference.