Canada launching huge prospective cancer study

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Canadian researchers have announced the launch of an enormous prospective study that they believe will provide tremendous insight into the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases among the Canadian population. They believe that the data collected will provide the foundation for hundreds of associated studies in years to come, and they also feel that this effort is unique, in part because it will focus on environmental risk factors for cancers and other diseases.

According to Marilyn J. Borugian, PhD, of the Cancer Control Research Program of the British Columbia Cancer Agency, this study "will form the foundation for a major research platform for the study of disease causation, both nationally and internationally."

COHORT

Researchers aim to enroll patients between the ages of 35 and 69 from across Canada, and to follow them for a minimum of 25 years. Enrollment has already gotten underway and is expected to be complete by 2012.

PUBLICATIONS

The project was announced online in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Majority funding will come from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.

By Ross Bonander

Source: Press Release

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