Cancer project researchers ask council for help
SYDNEY — Due to a lack of volunteers from Cape Breton, the largest cancer research project in Atlantic Canada implored Cape Breton Regional Municipality council to participate in the $42-million study.
The Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (PATH) will follow the health of 300,000 participants from across Canada for up to 30 years to determine the roles lifestyle, genetics and environment play in the development of cancer. Dr. David Thompson, director of operations for Atlantic PATH, said only about 600 people in Cape Breton have so far volunteered to be part of the project since its office opened last fall.
He said 3,000 people are needed for the Cape Breton segment of the project because it has one of the highest cancer rates in the country.
“ You’re probably the best connected group in all of Cape Breton,” Thompson said, in delivering his pitch to have councillors and the mayor and their families participate in the study before the Sydney office closes in April.
Participants from ages 35-69 will go through an initial twohour session to provide information about their health and lifestyle and to provide samples of their blood, urine, saliva and toenail clippings. A valid provincial health card is also needed.
For more information visit www.atlanticpath.ca. People can also contact Atlantic PATH by phone: 1-877-285-7284; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit the Sydney office in person at 335 George St.