The local American Cancer Society is taking part in a cancer prevention study and they need our help to find participants. This is a long-term commitment, starting with having some blood and a waist circumference measurement taken at one of several sites across Northwest Arkansas in September as well as filling out surveys at home for the next 20 or 30 years.
Yes, that’s a big commitment, but cancer prevention is a big problem, too. The only way we can really get a handle on what works and what doesn’t is to ask people what they’re doing and follow them over a long period of years to see who gets cancer and who doesn’t and what types of cancers those people who are diagnosed end up getting.
I’d wager all of us know someone who has had cancer, and whether they ended up surviving or not, the one thing we would probably wish for those people is more time. Time to feel and to be healthy, time to spend with their families and those they love and care about, to do things they enjoy.
If a little time out of your life could help someone else get more out of their life, wouldn’t that be worth it?
I think so, and I’m signing up to prove it.
To be eligible for the study you need to be between the ages of 30 and 65 with no personal history of cancer. The goal is to enroll 300,000 people of all backgrounds from the United States and Puerto Rico in the study, and I’m glad that we here in Northwest Arkansas can play a small part in that. For more information and to make an appointment, visit this website.
Would you participate in a study like this? You don’t have to tell me you signed up, but I’d love to know your thoughts.