PLEDGE: Harvard cancer study needs 100,000 volunteers to help prevent cancer

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Harvard‘s 36-year-long Nurses Health Study is recruiting women to study cancer risk in the next generation of women. And we need your help!

The Nurses Health Study needs 100,000 nurses and nursing students to continue its landmark research on breast cancer. Not a nurse but know a friend? Help us spread the word:

Much of what we know about breast cancer, from risk factors to survivorship, comes from the Nurses’ Health Study. Now researchers at Harvard School of Public Health are recruiting more than 100,000 RNs, LPNs, and nursing students to expand the study and continue its landmark research on women’s health.

Learn about the NHS in this NBC video and share with your FB friends:

We’re asking for your help in letting eligible women know about the opportunity to join this famous study.

More than 25,000 participants have joined so far, and we want to reach 100% recruitment as quickly as possible so we can continue to make progress in protecting and promoting women’s health.

The “next generation” of the Nurses’ Health Study, NHS3, is open to female RNs, LPNs, and nursing students age 20-46 living in the US or Canada. Know of a friend who is a nurse? Ask them to join!

Participation takes about one hour a year. Eligible women can join online ( and complete the study’s surveys through a secure website.

Here’s how you can help:
• If you’re eligible, join at, then get your colleagues to sign up
• Not eligible? “Like” NHS3 on Facebook to spread the
• Email eligible women using the “Tell-a-Nurse” app on the NHS3
• Print and post a downloadable recruitment flyer:
• Share this video about NHS with your friends on Facebook:

The Nurses Health Study, which began in the 1970s, is the largest, longest-running investigation of women’s health in the world. By completing confidential lifestyle surveys, more than 230,000 nurses have helped advance medical knowledge about lifestyle, cancer, and other diseases.

The study has made enormous contributions to what we know about breast cancer. For example:
• Maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular physical activity, limiting alcohol use, and avoiding menopausal hormones lower a woman’s risk
Physical activity helps lower the risk of recurrence (and mortality) among survivors

There’s still lots we need to learn about, like:
• Possible risk factors, like type 2 diabetes
• The role of nutrition in risk and survival
• Effects of long-term shift work (exposure to light at night)
Breast cancer genetics
• Breast density

Please help us spread the word about the “next generation” of this important research. Thanks for your support!

Dr. Eric Ding
Campaign for Cancer Prevention
Harvard Medical School


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