Hospital to host cancer-prevention classes

Also participating in research study

By Jason A. Smith


STOCKBRIDGE — Piedmont Henry Hospital is participating in a program geared toward educating the public about cancer prevention.

The hospital will host a pair of 30-minute Champion Classes on its Cancer Prevention Study-3, which is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. The classes are set for Jan. 23 at 8:30 a.m. and noon in Piedmont Henry’s Foundation Education Center.

Enrollment in CPS-3 is scheduled for March 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Foundation Education Center.

Vicky Ayers, registered nurse and community educator at Piedmont Henry, said the study will help the public learn more about how to prevent cancer.

“This is a research study about cancer prevention to help us understand how lifestyle, genetics and the environment affect cancer and ultimately how we can prevent it,” she said.

Ayers said the Champion classes will teach participants how to get the word out about the study.

“They can take the class to learn more about the study and how they can volunteer to encourage others to enroll in the study,” she said. “It is a generational study that can help us find out for our children and grandchildren how we can prevent it.”

The study is open to men and women ages 30-65 who have not been diagnosed with cancer, not including certain types of skin cancers. Participants must be willing to make a long-term commitment to the study and must complete periodic follow-up surveys at home, said hospital spokeswoman Michelle Nunnally.

For more information prior to the Champion Classes, visit the hospital website at www.piedmonthenry.org. For more on the study, visit www.cancer.org/cps3.