American Cancer Society study underway

American Cancer Society study underway


ARE COMING UP…BUT FIRST IN HEALTH NEWS – A NATIONWIDE STUDY COULD UNLOCK KEY FACTORS TO PREVENTING CANCER. NEWS 8 MEDICAL REPORTER JOCELYN MAMINTA IS HERE TO TELL US WHO SHOULD TAKE PART AND WHY IT’S IMPORTANT SIGN UP. ANN-DARREN- THEY’RE LOOKING FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE TO TAKE PART IN THIS HISTORIC STUDY ORGANIZED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. RESEARCHERS HOPE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE FACTORS THAT CAUSE– OR PREVENT CANCER. CANCER — IT STRIKES ONE OF EVERY TWO MEN AND ONE OF EVERY THREE WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES. REBECCA SANTIAGO FEELS THE PAIN. HER MOTHER DIED OF ESOPHAGEAL CANCER. SO DID HER MOTHER’S SISTER. CANCER HAS STRUCK OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. “STAGE FOUR, THREE MONTHS TO LIVE. I HAD A RARE BREAST CANCER DISEASE. I ONLY HAD THREE MONTHS AGO.” LUCKY FOR REBECCA’S YOUNGER SISTER ELIZABETH — HER BREAST CANCER WAS NOT RARE BUT HAD A PARTIAL DOUBLE MASTECTOMY. SHE LATER DEVELOPED UTERINE CANCER AND LEUKEMIA AS WELL. “IF I WOULD HAVE, WONDERING, IF I WOULD HAVE TAKEN CARE OF MYSELF BETTER, NOT EATING FAST FOOD AND EATING A HEALTHIER DIET, WOULD I HAVE GOTTEN IT, OR NOT.” FACTORS — RESEARCHERS WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IN THE CANCER PREVENTION STUDY-3 OR CPS-3 — A HISTORIC GRASSROOTS RESEARCH EFFORT LED BY THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. “WE NEED TO FIND OUT WHAT’S GOING ON AND WHATS DIFFERENT IN EACH RACE. WHY ARE AFRICAN AMERICANS MORE PRONE TO PROSTATE CANCER, WHY ARE HISPANICS PRONE TO LUNG CANCER.”HEALTHY WITH NO SIGN OF CANCER — REBECCA IS PARTICIPATING. TENS OF THOUSANDS MORE LIKE HER ARE NEEDED. THAT’S WHY ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER IS TEAMING UP WITH THE CANCER SOCIETY. “THE IDEA IS TO DETERMINE WHAT ARE LIFESTYLE AND BEHAVIORS THAT WE MAY HAVE NOW THAT MAY INFLUENCE PROTECTION AGAINST CANCER OR MAY INCREASE OUR RISK FOR DEVELOPNG CANCER IN THE FUTURE.” AFTER THE INITIAL SURVEY — PEOPLE LIKE REBECCA WILL GET FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS EVERY FEW YEARS — WHICH SHE EMBRACES. “WHAT IS IT ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT OR GENETIC FACTORS THAT ARE AFFECTING OUR CULTURES TODAY, OUR SOCIETY.” IT MAYBE 20 TO 30 YEARS BEFORE THE RESULTS ARE KNOWN — BUT EXPERTS SAY THEY WILL BE CRUCIAL FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. EXPERTS SAY THEY WILL BE THEY’RE LOOKING FOR MEN AND WOMEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 30 AND 65 WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER — WHO WILL BE FOLLOWED FOR AT LEAST 20 YEARS. THERE’S A BRIEF SURVEY — SOME BODY MEASUREMENTS WILL BE TAKEN — AS WELL AS A BLOOD SAMPLE. ST. FRANCIS HAS SIGN UP SESSIONS THIS WEEK — ONE IS SET FOR TOMORROW — THE OTHER ON FRIDAY. FOR MORE INFORMATION — LOG ONTO WTNH DOT COM — AND WE’LL LINK YOU

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