National cancer study still seeks participants
Midlands residents still have a chance to participate in an historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations.
Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study-3. The study aims to enroll a diverse population of up to 300,000 people across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Midlands residents can enroll in the study at seven locations March 5-13. It’s best if you enroll ahead of time online at cps3midlandssc.org or by phone at (888) 604-5888 before heading to the survey locations. Some walk-in appointments will be accommodated.
Here are the local survey locations:
• Jeep Rogers YMCA, 1141 Kelly Mill Road, Columbia, March 5, 7–10:30 a.m. and March 7, 3–6:30 p.m.
• Lexington Library, 5440 Augusta Road, Lexington, March 6, 7–10:30 a.m. and March 12, 3–6:30 p.m.
• Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4440 Fort Jackson Blvd., Columbia, March 5, 3–6:30 p.m.
• Brookland Baptist Church/Wellness Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, March 6, 3– 6:30 p.m.
• Downtown YMCA, 1420 Sumter St., Columbia, March 7, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
• South Carolina Internal Medicine Associates, One Wellness Blvd., Irmo, March 12, 7-10:30 a.m.
• Orangeburg YMCA, 2550 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg, March 13, 3–6:30 p.m.
The study will help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer. As part of the in-person enrollment, participants complete a brief written survey, provide a waist measurement, and give a small blood sample.
Participants later will complete the more comprehensive baseline survey. Over the course of the study – which is anticipated to last 20 to 30 years – participants will be asked to fill out follow-up surveys every few years that will be sent to their home.
S.C. hospitals join Safe Care Commitment
Several major hospitals in South Carolina have signed up for a program designed to improve their performance in terms of patient safety and care.
The South Carolina Safe Care Commitment is a project of the S.C. Hospital Association and the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare. It focuses on strengthening the hospitals’ processes and structures. The goal is to move toward the highly reliable performances seen in industries such as aviation and nuclear power.
In the Midlands, Palmetto Health is among the participants. Other hospital systems participating include AnMed Health in Anderson, Greenville Hospital System/University Medical Center, Georgetown Hospital System, MUSC, Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston and Roper Saint Francis Healthcare in Charleston.
Learn about back care over lunch
Lower back care is the subject of the March Lunch and Learn at Columbia Senior Center.
Josh Whitney, a physical therapist at the Human Performance and Rehabilitation Center of Columbia, will discuss back pain prevention and address back exercises for seniors. The event is set for March 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Capital Senior Center, 1650 Park Circle, Columbia.
Participants bring their own lunch, and organizers provide a beverage and dessert. The monthly events are free and open to the public, but participants need to call ahead (so they’ll have enough beverages and desserts) at (803) 779-1971, ext. 12, or email info@CapitalSeniorCenter.com.
Compiled by Joey Holleman