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Letter to the editor

You can help fight cancer

POSTED: March 3, 2013 8:00 a.m.

If you could save a life from cancer, would you do it? Well, everyone in Forsyth County has an opportunity to save many lives by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s historic Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS-3) right here in Forsyth. And it’s so easy to do. If you’re between the ages of 30 and 65 and have never had cancer, just go to the Forsyth County YMCA in Cumming from 8 a.m.-noon March 12 or 3 to 7 p.m. March 13. In less time than it would take to eat dinner, you can enroll in a study that will change the face of cancer for your children and grandchildren and generations beyond. You will have your waist measured and give a small blood sample. All your information will be kept strictly confidential and will not be shared.

ACS is seeking to enroll 5,000 people in metro Atlanta in the American Cancer Society’s CPS-3 — 300,000 people nationwide — to provide information on lifestyle and heredity that may cause or prevent cancer. The study will follow the participants for 20-30 years, but all that will be required of them after initial enrollment is filling out a survey in their homes every two or three years. CPS-3 promises to produce the same kind of life-saving information as the previous two cancer studies, which made the definitive link between smoking and lung cancer and obesity and cancer, and reshaped cancer research, prevention and treatment.

I urge you to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a profound difference in the fight against cancer. Visit for more information.

Maggie Paoletti



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