LETHBRIDGE: More volunteers are needed for a research project that is designed to determine
the link between lifestyle and cancer.
The Tomorrow Project will have a local study centre set up at the
Sandman hotel September 23rd to 26th. The long-term study is looking for
individuals between the ages of 35 and 69 who have never been diagnosed with
From their sample they hope to indentify why some develop cancer and
others don't. Volunteers will take a health and lifestyle questionnaire and
participate in routine tests, similar to a yearly physical, such as giving small
amounts of urine, blood or saliva.
"It's really important that we build a solid base-line of information before
we really get too deep into research. However, there has been some work that's
already occurred . Our data has been used to help indentify different variations
in regard to the breast cancer gene, to understand more about ovarian cancer and
inflammatory bowel disease, which is a risk for bowel cancer." said Study Centre
Coordinator, James Whitworth.
The Alberta-wide study needs about 50,000 residents to complete
the project. Whitworth adds men are especially needed for the study. To
register, visit www.in4tomorrow.ca.