ATLANTA — Kaiser Permanente in Georgia has started recruitment for the National Cancer Institute Connect for Cancer Prevention Study, known as Connect. Connect is designed to explore the causes of cancer and learn more about how to prevent it. Kaiser Permanente is 1 of 9 health care organizations across the country participating in this cutting-edge research. Together, these health care organizations and the NCI seek to recruit 200,000 eligible adults over the next 5 years to participate in the study.
“We aim to recruit 13,000 Kaiser Permanente members who are between the ages of 40 and 65 and who have no history of cancer to participate in this important study,” said Jennifer Gander, PhD, clinical epidemiologist and investigator with the Kaiser Permanente Center for Research and Evaluation in Georgia. “Approximately 40% of men and women will develop cancer in their lifetime. The Connect for Cancer Prevention Study will help us better understand what causes cancer so fewer people will get it.”
Connect is a long-term study. It takes time to understand the causes of cancer, so participants are asked to take part in the study for several years. They will be asked to complete online health surveys a few times a year and to donate samples of blood, urine, and saliva every 2 to 3 years. Safeguards for privacy and confidentiality will be in place to protect participants’ data and biological samples.
“Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S. While much progress in treatments has been made, the number of people who will develop cancer is expected to rise in the next 10 years as the population ages and lifestyles and behaviors change,” said Stephen J. Chanock, MD, director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. “Connect will explore novel and emerging exposures that may affect cancer risk. This study will change the future of cancer prevention,” added Montserrat Garcia-Closas, MD, deputy director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics and Connect principal investigator.
Through Connect, NCI researchers hope to identify factors that could affect cancer risk and other health outcomes. These findings have the potential to influence public health and cancer prevention guidance for years to come. Participants in Connect will be a part of a community representing diverse places and backgrounds to ensure everyone can benefit from the discoveries.
To learn more about the Connect for Cancer Prevention Study, visit cancer.gov/connectstudy.
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