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PRAIRIE POST - SHOWCASING BROOKS AND COUNTY OF NEWELL - Friday, April 20, 2012 - 13 Brooks


Tomorrow Project visited Brooks; signed up volunteers


CONTRIBUTED The Tomorrow


Project visited Brooks this month. It gave local


residents an opportunity to join the long-term research study into the causes of cancer. The Tomorrow


Project is a research initiative of Alberta Health Services, Cancer Care. By 2013, researchers want to enrol 50,000 Albertans, ages 35 to 69, who have never had cancer. “Much of the important knowledge to be gained from this project about what causes cancer will benefit our children and grandchildren,” says Dr. Paula Robson, principal investigator for the Tomorrow Project. “We are getting better at early detection of cancer and better at treatment, such that people are living longer after receiving a cancer diagnosis. However, one area we need to get better at is learning how to prevent cancer in the first place.” People who were interested in joining the study were invited to a temporary study centre at the Heritage Inn and Convention Centre April 10-12. They were asked questions about their health and lifestyle, had some physical measurements taken and were asked to give small amounts of urine and blood, or saliva. This was one of three community


study centres planned for the communities outside of Calgary and Edmonton in April. “This is a chance for communities


across Alberta to contribute towards the knowledge needed to prevent cancer in the future,” says Brooks Mayor Martin Shields. Figures show almost half of all Albertans will develop cancer in their lifetime and one in four will die from the disease.


In the South Zone of AHS, which


includes Brooks, 1,239 people developed cancer in 2008 (the latest year full records are available) and 538 died from the disease. For information and to join the study, visit www.in4tomorrow.ca or phone toll-free 1-877-919-9292. There is also a mail-in option for


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The Tomorrow Project website shows 20,000 Albertans have already joined up to participate in the study.


individuals who are interested in joining the Tomorrow Project, but live too far away from a study centre. Any residents interested in


volunteering with the project are encouraged to join as an ambassador to help find study members. Phone 1-877-919-9292 for details. Partners for the Tomorrow Project


include AHS, Alberta Innovates- Health Solutions, Alberta Cancer Foundation and, at the national level, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer. The Tomorrow Project could not occur without the generous support of its partners. The Tomorrow Project is part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, which is made up of five regional health studies across Canada.


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