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Your Views: A salute to all local volunteers taking part in cancer study
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On April 23-24, 378 Gainesville residents took action to change the face of cancer for generations to come by enrolling in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study 3. This landmark study will take a long-term look at lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will help the Society better understand cancer risks and causes and develop new prevention and treatment options.

I’m proud that my wife, Carol Ann and I are enrolled in the study, and we’re confident that it will produce information that will lead to landmark breakthroughs and help the American Cancer Society finish the fight against cancer.

Cancer is a personal battle for us. Thankfully, we have not had to face a cancer diagnosis personally, but I did lose my mother to cancer and Carol Ann has spent the last 10 years working in cancer research. Through her job, she has developed lasting friendships with many individuals and families facing cancer. She has also lost many of these friends to cancer.

For us, the decision to participate in the recent Cancer Prevention Study held at Northeast Georgia Medical Center was easy because of these personal stories. We just wanted to take a few moments to thank all of the 378 individuals who also recently made the decision to participate.

CPS-3 is important because of the information and findings will help save more lives from cancer. There more than 14 million cancer survivors in the United States today. And cancer death rates are continuing to decline every year, with an estimated 1 million lives saved between 1991 and 2008. More people are surviving cancer because research has provided key information on cancer causes and produced better diagnosis and treatment options. Studies like CPS-3 hold the promise to uncover new information that will lead to more life-saving prevention, treatments and cures.

The 378 enrollees right here in Gainesville are now an integral part of a history-making study that will help the Society create a world with less cancer and many more birthdays for future generations. We are so happy to call such a wonderful community our home, and so thankful that together we are making a difference in the fight against cancer.

Joe and Carol Ann Gelderman
Flowery Branch

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