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Major cancer study needs participants

If you are in Ocean City this week, you may notice a couple of changes as you drive down Coastal Highway. The speed limit, normally 40 mph through North Ocean City, has been reduced to 30 mph, and Downtown, the speed limit has also been reduced. This is due to the expected, unauthorized H2Oi Pop-Up Rally.  It is reasonable to expect heavier than usual traffic, noise and strict enforcement of vehicle laws during the week and weekend.

What if we could personally participate in research that might help determine factors that cause or prevent cancer?

What if our involvement, and that research, ultimately leads to the elimination of cancer as a major health problem for this and future generations?

What if we could make it so just one family never has to hear the words, “You have cancer?”

Residents of our community have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in cancer research this year. Enrollment for the American Cancer Society’s third Cancer Prevention Study will be taking place in Salisbury, Nov. 7 – 10. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting www.cps3tricounty.org.

Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study are encouraged to sign up.

Those who choose to enroll will simply fill out a comprehensive survey packet about health history, provide a small blood sample (to be collected by trained phlebotomists) and provide a waist measure.

Participants will periodically be sent a follow-up questionnaire for the next 20 to 30 years.

If you aren’t eligible to participate, you can still make a difference by telling everyone you know about Cancer Prevention Study-3. In this area, our goal is to have 450 participants.

CPS1 established the link between smoking and lung cancer. CPS2 established the link between obesity and cancer. Through CPS3 we will find out the next thing that is effecting our population in regards to cancer. For anyone who has donated to the American Cancer Society, this is your donation at work through research.

I hope you will consider joining me and participating in this study as we work toward a cancer free tomorrow!

Sen. James Mathias
Ocean City

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