TAMPA - Amy Baldwin is a volunteer for the American Cancer Society. One of her contributions is helping women diagnosed with breast cancer look good and feel better by showing them how to do a makeover.
But recently, she signed up to do something that may affect women not yet diagnosed with cancer. She signed up to participate in a nationwide cancer prevention study.
The goal of this study is to help researchers figure out what genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors lead to cancer.
Amy says, "We're looking for people between 30 and 65 and have never had cancer before. They'll go online, fill out a survey, it's a comprehensive survey. It's just going to ask questions like, how much do you weigh? How much exercise do you get?"
Then you'll meet once with a medical professional to have blood drawn and have your waist measured.
The rest of your participation, Baldwin says, can be done on line.
"You'll be followed for the next 20 to 30 years. Every two to three years you'll get a survey in the mail and you just complete that survey."
Amy enrolled to participate because of her professional connection to cancer survivors as well as a personal connection.
"I've had several family members with cancer, my grandmother with breast cancer. She's a survivor and other family members who have passed away."
She says getting involved is such an easy commitment. "
There are so many people that want to help out already with Relay for Life and Making Strides. This is just one more thing we can do. It's free and it's a wonderful opportunity to go help and see what we can do to figure out who is getting cancer and why."
You can pre-register now for appointments in Polk, Pinellas and Hernando Counties.
Just go to: www.cancer.org/cps3florida