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Cancer. The C word. It’s touched way too many of us and taken way too much from us. Cancer took my Grandma and the woman who would have been my Mother-in-Law before I even had the chance to know them. I know so many of you have stories of the devastating effects of cancer on your own families.
This is why I want to tell you about a way you can help on the road to eradicate cancer. The American Cancer Society, which will be celebrating its 100th birthday in May, is currently conducting a Cancer Prevention Study. CPS-3 will study the connections between lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors in developing cancer.
This is the third nationwide Cancer Prevention Study undertaken by the American Cancer Society. The first, which ran from 1959 to 1972, established the definitive link between smoking and cancer. The second, which started in 1982 and is still ongoing, established a link between nutrition/physical activity and cancer.
These studies clearly provide important research toward the goals of better understanding and, one day, curing cancer. The American Cancer Society hopes to enroll 300,000 people nationwide in CPS-3. In Cuyahoga County alone, the goal is 528 participants. The American Cancer Society is hoping for a diverse mix of study participants. This video explains more about the study and its potential impact.
So, how can you enroll? If you are between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you qualify for the study. Registration is taking place at St. Ignatius High School on April 18 and 20 and at Case Western Reserve University on April 19 and 20. Click here for more information on times, locations, and to sign up for a registration slot. There will be more registration days in both Cuyahoga and Lake Counties in June as well.
By participating in CPS-3, you can help the American Cancer Society in its fight to end cancer, so that we no longer have to add to the list of people it has taken from us.