Participants sought for landmark health study

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 52, No. 10, December 2010, Page 532 News

If you’re a BC resident between the ages of 40 to 69, the BC Cancer Agen­cy wants you to be part of the largest health research project in Canadian history. 

The BC Generations Project was launched last year as part of a national study to recruit and follow 300000 Canadians over the next 20 to 30 years. BC Cancer Agency researchers want to investigate how a person’s environment, lifestyle, and genes contribute to cancer and other chronic diseases, like heart disease and stroke, so they can learn more about prevention for the benefit of future generations. 

Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and the Atlantic provinces are also taking part, and similar large-scale, long-term studies are being conducted in the UK and other countries. 

“It’s a huge opportunity for the current generation to do something for future generations,” says Richard Gallagher, the BC Generations Project principal investigator and senior scientist in the BC Cancer Agency’s cancer control research program. “This could help protect your children, or your children’s children, from getting cancer or chronic disease.” 

Anyone within the 40- to 69-year age range is encouraged to participate, regardless of whether they are healthy or have health problems or disabilities, and regardless of where in BC they live. 

Call 604 675-8221, toll free 1 877 675-8221, e-mail, or visit to request a questionnaire.

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