Researchers pleased with turnout for project
Almost 70 people participated in a long-term cancer research project in Airdrie, Jan. 28 to 29.
The Tomorrow Project’s mobile team of 12 visited the Town & Country Centre, gathering blood and urine samples and guiding participants through a questionnaire.
The effort was made as part of the organizers’ mandate to collect information and samples from 50,000 participants between the ages of 35 and 69 who have never had cancer to try to learn what causes cancer and how to prevent it.
Airdrie’s John Langenau, 37, took part in the project and said the process was simple.
“It was pretty easy,” he said, adding when he heard about the project he decided he wanted to help.
Kathleen Murdoch, provincial coordinator with the Tomorrow Project, said the weather, which plummeted to the mid -20°C range on Jan. 29, did not hamper the team’s efforts.
“We were almost full,” she said.
Murdoch said the team has travelled all over Alberta for the past 18 months. She said the project, which is based out of Calgary’s Holy Cross Centre, has already collected samples and information from about 38,000 Albertans.
“We want to try to get a good sample size including different ethnic groups and age groups,” she said.
For more information or to take part in the study, visit www.in4tomorrow.ca