Why is it important to participate in research?
There are about 17 million people in the US who have had cancer at some point in their lives.
Why is this a problem?
Cancer survivors are at higher risk for many health conditions, such as second cancers, heart disease, diabetes and broken bones. We also know that the risk of getting certain cancers can be reduced by eating better, exercising and achieving a healthy weight – but, we’re not sure why. We also do not know the best way to promote these healthy lifestyles. Cancer research finds out how to keep cancer survivors healthy.
There are many challenges survivors face. For example:
- Many survivors do not enjoy life as much due to physical problems and emotional issues.
- Cancer and its treatment often speed-up the aging process by further reducing physical fitness.
- Some studies show that people who have adequate social support are healthier and have fewer chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The good news is that research studies such as DUET will help find ways to address these challenges. But, if only a few survivors participate in these studies, researchers may not find answers for different groups of survivors. For example, if only women participate, results may not apply to men.
Why should I participate?
Because you can:
- Impact scientific discovery
- Impact future generations of cancer survivors and people who want to prevent cancer
- Learn new ways to stay healthy
What does it mean to participate in research studies?
There will be a few activities related to DUET that we will be testing and measuring: changes in healthy eating, exercise, weight, and overall well-being. By agreeing to participate, the American Institute of Cancer Research will be counting on you to do the best you can to make healthier food choices and to exercise, as well as to complete three surveys and keep study appointments.