It’s the start of November and the busyness of October, and all its breast cancer activities, is starting to disappear in the rearview mirror. I appreciate October, am thankful that somebody called it out as THE month we pause and think about breast cancer. We dedicate an entire month – with a whopping 31 days in it – to raise our awareness. It’s really awesome.
But for me, November hits and I begin to think about all the other cancers that are devastating so many families on a daily basis and I think about what we can do about that problem? The answer of course is prevention, but how do we assemble the science to understand what prevention looks like? Fortunately for us, the American Cancer Society does a remarkable job of assembling our population to take part in studies that provide the answers we need to beat this awful thing called cancer. Did you know that in the 1950’s through Cancer Prevention Study-1 we were able to link smoking to cancer? Then, in the 1970’s through Cancer Prevention Study-2 we were able to link obesity/lifestyle to cancer? Best of all right now, across the county, we are conducting Cancer Prevention Study-3 and, well, we really don’t know what we will find, but we know it will be life-changing for so many people.
To participate is super easy: enroll online to make an appointment, fill out an online questionnaire, find an enrollment location near you and go in at your allotted time to give some measurements and a small blood sample. All of this takes very little time, but the important piece is the commitment to complete periodic follow-up surveys over the next twenty years. I signed up, not for myself of course, but for my children and grandchildren who haven’t been born yet. If you are between 30-65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer sign up at www.cancer.org/cps3 and help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
For those in West Michigan, The Pink Cart's own parent company, Cascade Engineering, is participating as an enrollment site this November, sign up here before November 12: www.cancer.org/westmicps3
Click here to view the full infographic from above: Cancer Prevention Study infographic