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When it comes to managing family health, being proactive and aggressive goes a long way. I frequently point out to my boys and my husband the importance of exercise, eating right and getting enough sleep using real examples of friends and family who role model healthy habits.
We also discuss additional health risks that are genetic and unfortunately immune to lifestyle choices. Like many families, mine has experienced recent battles with cancer. Unfortunately, several women in family have the BRCA mutation, which is a genetic Breast (and Ovarian) Cancer risk factor. My Aunt had the BRCA mutation and recently passed away after a brave fight with Ovarian Cancer.
Because of this family medical history, my mother and I were tested and found that we did not have the BRCA mutation. We also began investigating other cancer risk factors that can be changed. When I heard of the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3), I decided to both participate and spread the word. I view my participation in the Cancer Prevention Study-3 as a gift to future generations.
Here is the information I received from the American Cancer Society on the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) :
- Cancer Prevention Study (CP-3) is a long-term study that seeks to better understand the factors (lifestyle, environmental, genetic) that cause or prevent cancer and ultimately help eliminate cancer as a major health concern for future generations.
- Past long-term ACS studies have played a major role in cancer prevention, as well as in other national and international efforts. Past studies have demonstrated: 1) link between smoking and lung cancer; 2) significant impact of being overweight or obese on cancer risk; 3) impact of hormones, physical activity, diet on cancer risk; 4) link between aspirin use and reduced risk of colon cancer.
- Involvement in CPS-3 includes: Reading and signing a consent form, completing a survey, providing some physical measurements, giving a small blood sample, and responding to follow up questionnaires by mail every two years following (for at least 20 years). Participants must be between the ages of 30 and 65 years & have no personal history of cancer to join CPS-3.
- CPS-3 is one of the most important factors in ACS finishing the fight against cancer in that it identifies trends between lifestyle patterns and incidence of cancer – trends that can limit, and in most cases prevent, cancer altogether.
- CPS-3 offers an historic opportunity — a once in a generation opportunity — to be personally involved in research that will advance ACS’ understanding of the lifestyle, behavioral, environmental, and genetic factors that cause cancer.
- The American Cancer Society has played a part in nearly every cancer research breakthrough in recent history and the next one could be found in this study.
- Enrollment in the CPS-3 study is one of the most important and impactful things you can do to help finish the fight against cancer; you can change the course of cancer. Here are the San Francisco Bay Area Recruitment Sites:
- Alameda (July 20-August 3)
- Marin County (July 24-August 7)
- San Francisco (July 17-August 10)
- San Mateo (July 24-August 10)
- Santa Clara (July 13-August 10)
Here is a link to the General CPS-3 landing page for participation across the US for those that want to find out details on recruitment sites in other cities. Join me for this historic opportunity to be personally involved in research that will advance American Cancer Society’s understanding of the factors that cause cancer.