The American Cancer Society is launching a new research study they are calling the Cancer Prevention Study - 3. This is the 3rd major research project undertaken by the ACS in the last 60 years. In the 1950s and 1960s, thousands of smokers were enrolled in a study that proved the link between cancer and smoking. In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of participants were in the second study that showed the link between obesity and cancer. This is a big deal!
Cancer is a subject near to my heart due to the very high frequency of it in my family. This study is an easy way us to help the world understand cancer a little better. You must be between the ages of 30 and 65. You can be a man or a woman. You must be willing to make a 20 - 30 year time commitment and you must never have been diagnosed with cancer, excluding two forms of skin
cancer (basal or squamous cell) that are not reported to health
Since I'm now 30 years and a few days old, I signed up for a blood draw appointment that will take 30 minutes (or less). It took me about 25 minutes to complete the online questionnaire. I will have to do similar questionnaires in years to come but overall, the time commitment is beans compared to the time that is lost when someone dies of cancer.
To show the importance of this study... most people now know that smoking causes lung cancer. That solid knowledge came from the first CPS in the 1950s and 1960s when it took three years, 22,000 volunteers and 188,000 study participants to prove it.
The ultimate goal of CPS-3 is to have more than 300,000 people enrolled. Here is the website for more information and to find a study site near you. I'm driving out of town to my appointment - this is worth the gas money! I hope thousands of people will participate in this study and help us continue to learn more about cancer.
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