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CANCER: Take part in cancer-prevention study

Letter by Mike O'Sullivan, Olympia on July 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm | No Comments »
July 25, 2013 4:51 pm

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”?

Pierce County residents have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment in the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place at five South Sound locations – in Tacoma, Gig Harbor and Lakewood – during August. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting www.cps3pugetsound.org.

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 cps3pugetsound.org, email heather.mires@cancer.org or call 206-674-4109.

 

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