Between May 22 and June 20, the BC Cancer Agency’s BC Generations Project will be recruiting North Shore residents through its temporary assessment centre in North Vancouver.
Part of a national research effort to explore how genetics, environment, lifestyle and behavior contribute to the risk of developing cancer and other chronic diseases, the BC Generations Project has already enrolled more than 21,000 participants. It hopes to net more than 1,000 more during a month-long stint in North Vancouver, where it will sign up participants through its assessment centre at 219-1940 Lonsdale Avenue.
Any BC resident aged 35-69 is eligible to join. Participation involves completing a health questionnaire, providing body measurements and donating blood and urine samples. Assessment centre appointments are an optional yet informative part of the project. They include bone density, body mass and blood pressure measurements, which are also provided to the participant. Individuals who are unable to come for an appointment can also join the study by signing up to receive a mail-in questionnaire.
“We’re reaching out to residents from Deep Cove to Squamish to join the study,” explains Dr. John Spinelli, the study’s principal investigator and a distinguished scientist at the BC Cancer Agency. “This truly is a meaningful way for people to make a lasting contribution to the health of future generations.”
The BC Generations Project’s North Shore assessment centre is funded by the BC Cancer Foundation. To book an assessment centre appointment, simply fill out our online registration form or call 604-675-8221.