Dear Wesleyan Community,
“You have cancer” are some of the most frightening words I have ever heard. I was 26 and having to face all the difficult decisions that come along with a breast cancer diagnosis. I have no genetic link and had no family history. Although I am winning my personal battle against cancer almost three years after completing treatment, I still need your help.
If I told you that there was a way you could personally do something to help prevent others from facing cancer, including family and friends, would you do it? Would you do it if it meant that you would simply have to give a small blood sample, provide a waist measurement and fill out some surveys about your lifestyle and behaviors?
If your answer is yes, then please accept my invitation to participate in the American Cancer Society’s latest grassroots research initiative, Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 is a long-term research study to help better understand the lifestyle, environmental factors and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer and to ultimately eliminate cancer as a major health problem.
Did you know that more than 66% of people who are diagnosed with cancer live at least five years after diagnosis? Just 30 years ago, only 50% of those diagnosed with cancer had that chance. Yet the increase in survival is not a coincidence; the American Cancer Society has invested billions of dollars in cancer research over the past 63 years. I know that it is because of this lifesaving research that I am here today.
You now have an opportunity to be a part of a new research study that will save lives. CPS-3 will enroll volunteers at Middlesex Hospital (28 Crescent St, Middletown) on Thursday, May 16th from 11am-2:30pm and again at Middlesex Hospital’s Cancer Center (540 Saybrook Rd, Middletown) on Friday, May 17th from 9am-12:30pm. If you cannot make an appointment for one of these days or if you are not in the area, there are plenty of other opportunities for you to find a more convenient enrollment date and site.
Here is what you can do: men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer (not including basal and squamous cell skin cancer) can enroll in CPS-3. As part of enrollment you will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about your health history, provide a small blood sample, and provide a waist measurement. Your long-term commitment to the study means you are willing to complete periodic follow-up surveys sent to your home, for the next 20 to 30 years.
For more information on locations, dates, and times and to schedule an appointment for the two Middletown enrollment dates, please visit www.cancer.org/cps3ne. For more information on the study and for enrollment sites outside of the New England area, please visit www.cancer.org/cps3.
As a survivor, I cannot participate in this study, but you can. I hope you decide to join today for a cancer-free tomorrow.
Wes Employee (firstname.lastname@example.org, 860-685-2573)