Executive Director Arleen Dennison reported to Historic City News that the St Augustine Family YMCA has partnered with the American Cancer Society and YMCA of Florida’s First Coast to fight back against cancer — a disease that takes too much from our community.
The ultimate goal of the program is to enroll men and women from various racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in a study that will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause – or prevent – cancer.
“I hope all Historic City News readers will take part in the Cancer Prevention Study-3,” Dennison said. “I encourage you to share this message with all those you know who want to join in this fight.”
The new prevention study will help researchers build on evidence from previous studies, and help bring us closer to eliminating cancer as a major health burden for this and future generations, and save lives.
If you are between the ages of 30 and 65-years-old and have never been diagnosed with cancer, you are eligible to enroll.
Participating is easy and involves the following:
• Read and sign an informed consent form.
• Complete a survey packet which will ask for detailed information on lifestyle, behavioral, and other factors related to your health.
• Be measured for waist circumference.
• Give a small blood sample (similar to a doctor’s visit). The blood sample is drawn by a trained, certified phlebotomist.
• Completing a mailed survey every few years over the next 20-30 years
All personal information and any individual results of blood analyses that may be performed will be kept strictly confidential by the research staff.
We will be “kicking off” the First Coast Area’s enrollment period on Wednesday, January 23 at the St Augustine Family YMCA from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
There will be no cost to participate. Please RSVP to Laura.Petrillo@cancer.org if you would like to attend and learn more about Cancer Prevention Study-3.