The American Cancer Society has completed two cancer prevention studies, helping them better understand and prevent cancer. A third cancer prevention study is now getting started, but they still need volunteers.
The American Cancer Society has been supporting awareness and prevention of cancer through their Relay For Life events.Prevention studies are just another way to better understand cancer, and to involve the public in their efforts.
The results of the first two studies were thanks in part to the efforts of volunteers, such as Linda Glorioso. Linda joined the study in 2006, at a national celebration in Washington D.C. during the process of Study 2. Working at Saint Rita's Cancer Center over the years, Linda's decision to join the study allowed her to honor those patients she became close with.
Today, the American Cancer Society is looking for 300 thousand cancer free volunteers ages 30 to 65 to take part in their third study, where researchers will be looking at participants medical backgrounds. Participants are asked to fill out a survey every few years over the next 2-3 decades; they are asked to give a blood sample following registration; and volunteers are also asked to provide a waist measurement. For Linda Glorioso, those requirements were well worth it, as she saw her efforts as a way to improve the lives of those proceeding her.
The efforts of volunteers in Study 1 led to a link between smoking and lung cancer, and Study 2 led to a correlation between obesity and cancer. As Study 3 gets underway, representative Marybeth Torsell continues to look for 560 volunteers from the Allen County area, to help in the prevention process.
If you or someone you know is between the ages of 30 and 65, and would like to become a part of Cancer Prevention Study 3, you can visit their web site at www.cancer.org/cps3. From there, scroll down and click on "where to join."