To the editor:
As chairperson for the American Cancer Society Webster County Relay For Life event, I am writing today about something I am very passionate about. There is a new Cancer Prevention Study going on that I would like as many eligible people in the community to get involved in.
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 (CPS-3) will be taking place in Fort Dodge at select venues from Oct. 24-26. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting www.cps3fortdodge.org.
Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal or squamous cell skin 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 about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by certified trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measurement. 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.