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Healthy Volunteers Needed To Help Fight Cancer

Jan. 30, 2004 – The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is seeking volunteers for a communitywide research study. Participants in the study, called the Cancer Free Controls Initiative, must be 65 or older, have no personal history of cancer and be willing to give 20 minutes of their time.

Participants will be asked one time to:

  • Sign a consent form
  • Complete a health and family history questionnaire
  • Give a small sample of blood

The goal of the Cancer Free Controls Initiative is to collect blood samples from people who do not have cancer. These samples will be compared to samples from people who have the disease. By making these comparisons, researchers hope to understand how cancer develops.

Study participants' personal information will be kept strictly confidential. Their blood samples and questionnaires will be used in cancer research programs conducted at the Siteman Cancer Center.

For more information about volunteering for the study and helping in the fight against cancer, call Jennifer Ivanovich at 314.454.5076.