Can­cer project re­searchers ask coun­cil for help

Cape Breton Post - - OBITUARIES/NEWS -

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: vol­un­teer@at­lantic­path.ca; or visit the Syd­ney of­fice in per­son at 335 Ge­orge St.

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