Major cancer study wants you

Invitations sent to almost 19,000 area households, encouraging residents to join the study online at bcgenerationsproject.ca

Kamloops This Week

The BC Cancer Agency’s BC Generations Project is reaching out to residents in Kamloops and the Thompson-Okanagan as it invites people to join the province’s largest-ever cancer prevention study.

All British Columbians ages 35 to 69 are eligible to join.

The BC Generations Project will help researchers explore how genetics, environment and lifestyle contribute to the risk of developing cancer, as well as related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

Already, more than 26,000 British Columbians have joined the long-term research initiative — and project organizers are hoping to add at least 1,000 Kamloops-area residents.

Invitations have been sent to almost 19,000 area households, encouraging residents to join the study online at bcgenerationsproject.ca.

Project organizers will also be at Sahali Centre Mall between Oct. 29 and Nov. 17 to collect additional measurements from participants who request an assessment-centre appointment. Bone density, body mass and blood-pressure measurements will be taken and shared with participants.