Want to help make it a cancer-free world? Sign up for this

August 23, 2012 at 9:52 am | In Health, West Seattle news | 3 Comments

Cancer is a relentless killer that has touched almost everyone’s life – and in addition to its primary effects, it leads to a sense of hopelessness, an agonizing wish for researchers to find a cure, to pinpoint a cause, anything to bring a cancer-free world closer. Next month, you can do something to help, beyond wishing and hoping. The American Cancer Society has launched a new round of its nationwide Cancer Prevention Study, a research program that dates back to the 1950s, to identify risk factors that can aid in prevention. Your participation now may save someone’s life someday. To make it easier to participate, the ACS will have an enrollment site here on September 22nd, 10 am-1:30 pm at the West Seattle YMCA (WSB sponsor); they’re getting the word out now so you can make an appointment for that day. Read on to see how:

From the ACS announcement:

Puget Sound residents have a small window of time to participate in this study, which only happens once every 20 years. Participation is easy:

- A 30-minute commitment to enroll
- A blood draw
- A survey
- Done!

From there, participants will receive periodic surveys asking for information on lifestyle, behaviors and other factors related to their health. It’s that easy to make a huge impact on the future face of cancer.

Participants must be between the ages of 30-65, with no personal history of cancer. Appointments can be made for participation sites throughout Puget Sound, including the West Seattle YMCA. To make an appointment, call 1.888.604.5888 or visit www.cps3seattle.org.

3 Comments

  1. I think cancer prevention should start at eliminating carcinogens. Why doesn’t the American Cancer Society talk more about this?

    Comment by Kelly — 10:32 am August 23, 2012 #

  2. Kelly, this could be your answer, from organicconsumers.org: Samuel Epstein, author of The Politics of Cancer, argues that the ACS’s financial ties with industry also skew its policies pertaining to environmental causes of cancer. In his new book, Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing War Against Cancer, Epstein claims the agency is willfully suppressing information about the environmental causes of cancer…
    Corporations – some of which contribute to the American Cancer Society – profit handsomely while they pollute the air, water, and food with a wide range of carcinogens, endangering the lives of millions of people. Why is the ACS silent? Epstein says they are more interested in inflating their budget than waging war against industrial pollution.” There’s also an interesting doc called The Beautiful Truth-take from it what you will. It does have me asking if ACS is to cancer what HSUS is to pets. Follow the money ;)

    Comment by CJ — 1:04 pm August 23, 2012 #

  3. Studies show time and time again eating a plant based diet is the most effective prevention. I just went 80 percent vegan 5 Weeks ago.I’ve lost 11 pounds and have more energy then a toddler on drugs, seriously!

    Comment by Nichole — 12:00 pm August 24, 2012 #

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