First: Schedule an appointment at cps3ncw.org.
- 3 to 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22 at the Omak Clinic, 916 Koala Drive in Omak
- 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23, and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley Medical Center, 1000 N. Miller St. in Wenatchee
- 9 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at Aero Methow Rescue Service, 1005 State Route 20 in Twisp.
Second: A confirmation email will then be sent with instructions to complete a survey to be done before the appointment.
Third: Show up for your appointment and continue to fill out surveys every few years.
WENATCHEE — The American Cancer Society is conducting a major national study, and wants people from North Central Washington to participate.
Across the country, some 300,000 people will become part of the 20-year study that will take an in-depth look at nutrition, physical activity, environmental factors and lifestyle in an attempt to single out what causes cancer, and how it might be prevented.
The nonprofit group is looking for at least 400 people from North Central Washington between 30 and 65 years old who have never been diagnosed with cancer, and who are willing to provide health and lifestyle information about themselves.
Those who agree to participate must first sign up for an appointment, then complete a 45-minute online survey, and show up for their appointment in Wenatchee, Omak or Twisp from Oct. 22-25. The appointment takes about 25 minutes, and includes a small blood draw.
After that, every few years they’ll get a survey in the mail that’s shorter than the online baseline survey to update health and lifestyle information.
The Cancer Society has been giving presentations to organizations in Wenatchee, and will continue with businesses in the coming weeks.
The study is called the Cancer Prevention Study-3.
Three because it’s the Society’s third major cancer study in its 100-year history. The first, launched in the 1950s, led to scientific findings on the effect of cigarette smoking and secondhand smoke on cancer and premature death. The second, which started in the 1970s, has shown links between cancer and larger waist size, obesity and air pollution.
This third study will focus on lifestyle and genetics.
“We’re encouraging everybody to get enrolled now,” said Cynthia Rozyla, district quality of life manager for the Cancer Society.
She said if too many people wait to sign up, the Cancer Society won’t be as prepared as it should be for the appointment dates.
Those who participate will receive an annual newsletter with preliminary findings from the study.
“There are a lot of little studies going on within the big study,” Rozyla said.
Two other areas in Eastern Washington are being tapped for the study — Spokane and Yakima, she said. The Cancer Society is hoping to get a diverse group of participants so that a variety of lifestyle parameters can be explored.