Letters to the editor - Tuesday (10-1-2013)
Help researchers prevent cancer
What if you could personally participate in research that could help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer? What if your involvement and that research ultimately help finish the fight against cancer for this and future generations? What if you could make it so just one family never had to hear the words “you have cancer?”
We all want to know we have made a difference in the life of another. One hundred years ago, the American Cancer Society began the fight of a lifetime — the fight to end cancer. Our community has a unique opportunity to help finish the fight.
The third Cancer Prevention Study of the American Cancer Society will enroll participants in Salisbury at the Gateway Building Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and at the J.F. Hurley Family YMCA Friday, Oct. 29, from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
As part of enrollment, participants will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure. Enrollment will take approximately 20-30 minutes.
From that point forward, study participants will be followed over time to update information via periodic, mailed surveys. Your involvement in CPS-3 will help American Cancer Society researchers understand the causes of cancer and ultimately determine ways to prevent it.
If you are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study (which involves follow-up surveys over the next 20-30 years), are between 30 and 65 years old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, then you will want to participate in this study.
If you don’t meet the eligibility requirements, your significant participation comes from telling everyone you know about the opportunity to help prevent cancer. As a 12-month survivor of ovarian and uterine cancer, that is what I’m doing!
Visit www.cps3rowan.org, call 1-888-604-5888 or e-mail email@example.com to learn more about the difference you can personally make in the fight against cancer. Participate for yourself, your children and your grandchildren! Research today for a cancer free tomorrow!
— Mary Willis Page
I do not understand what all the static is about concerning the Rowan County Veteran Services officer, Elaine Howle. Most veterans do not realize that she was first trained by and served as the DAV service officer with an office in Building 6 of the Hefner VA Medical Center. Then she moved out and into Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, then to her present office as the Rowan County Veteran Services officer.
So, actually, Rowan County is fortunate to have a trained national service officer; hopefully, she is receiving all of the same benefits as a national service officer and not a county employee.
— W.C. Wallin