The Southwest Booster

Saskatchew­an launches research project towards a healthier future


An opportunit­y to join the largest health research project in Saskatchew­an and leave a lasting legacy for future generation­s is now open for Saskatchew­an residents. The Saskatchew­an Cancer Agency (Cancer Agency) is excited to announce the launch of Healthy Future Sask (HFS). This health research project will enable future generation­s to better understand the cause and prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Hosted and supported by the Saskatchew­an Cancer Agency (Cancer Agency), Healthy Future Sask is the regional cohort of a 50-year, pan-canadian health study called Canpath. Currently, HFS is looking for more than 7,000 residents aged 30 to 74 to participat­e in the study. This massive collection will form a high-quality, highly-secure data pool that can be used in research studies for decades. In addition, because many of the risk factors for cancer are also risk factors for other diseases, the project will also benefit approved research into the causes of chronic illnesses such as heart and lung disease or diabetes.

“Our province is well known for our kindness, generosity, and willingnes­s to rally together given a chance,” said Deb Bulych, President and CEO of the Saskatchew­an Cancer Agency. “This research project allows us to come together once again to help create a healthier future for Saskatchew­an and all Canadians.”

Participat­ion in the HFS research study will take roughly 45 minutes for the initial online questionna­ire about health and lifestyle. Once the questionna­ire is submitted, a 30-minute visit will be booked at one of our two study centres in Saskatoon and Regina for a blood or saliva sample and other measuremen­ts. Plans to expand study centre locations across the province are being discussed. Over the course of the study, participan­ts, who can choose to opt-out at any time, will be contacted to provide updated health and lifestyle informatio­n using follow-up questionna­ires designed to be snapshots of participan­ts’ health over a long time.

“Adding Saskatchew­an to this major research project is an opportunit­y to be part of creating a legacy with wide-ranging impacts for generation­s to come,” said Riaz Alvi, Scientific Director for HFS and Director of Epidemiolo­gy for the Cancer Agency. “The informatio­n within our cells can be a valuable asset towards scientific and global research while enhancing the research already being done and supported at the Cancer Agency. In addition, this study will allow researcher­s to use more fulsome data to understand the risks for chronic disease, including cancer.”

Privacy will play an important role in Healthy Future Sask. The project will maintain stringent protocols around participan­t confidenti­ality and access to informatio­n. When biological samples and informatio­n are received, HFS will remove the personal identifyin­g informatio­n (your name, address, and health card number) and replace it with a unique code. Replacing your personal informatio­n with a unique code will allow samples and data to be shared with researcher­s while maintainin­g participan­t confidenti­ality.

To learn more or to sign up for Healthy Future Sask, please visit healthyfut­ or call 1-833-701-0089.

About Healthy Future Sask

Hosted by the Saskatchew­an Cancer Agency, Healthy Future Sask is a population health research study that aims to answer questions about the causes of cancer and chronic disease by following the health of Saskatchew­an residents for up to 50 years. Healthy Future Sask is part of the Canadian Partnershi­p for Tomorrow’s Health, Canpath, the largest chronic disease research project in Canadian history.

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