To the Editor:
When I was told I had cancer, I wondered what caused it. I had always been very healthy, so the diagnosis was a complete surprise. Now I am urging my friends, family, and neighbors to help with a study to learn more about the causes of cancer.
Folks in Haywood County have a chance to join the American Cancer Society in a nationwide study to investigate the causes of cancer. Cancer Prevention Study 3 is coming to Haywood County on Sept. 17-18 at the Haywood Health and Fitness Center through a collaboration with Medwest-Haywood. Residents of our area have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to participate.
I encourage all eligible men and women in our community to consider taking part in this important study. Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are able to schedule an appointment. It only takes 30 minutes of your time to enroll. And the follow-up surveys, every two to five years, take about half an hour.
I also call on my fellow cancer survivors to spread the word by asking friends and family to enroll in your honor.
Enrollment is simple. Visit the website to make your appointment at www.cps3haywoodnc.org or call toll free 1.888.604.5888.
This study has the potential to help prevent cancer for our children and grandchildren.