Cancer study finds support

Some 500 Southern Interior residents have already taken part in the B.C. Generations Project since the Kelowna clinic opened its doors on Jan.6.

  • Feb. 10, 2011 8:00 a.m.

Some 500 Southern Interior residents have already taken part in the B.C. Generations Project since the Kelowna clinic opened its doors on Jan.6.

And 230 more are booked for their appointment to participate in the largest cancer prevention study in B.C. history.  

The positive response from the community has prompted the study team to extend the clinic for an added week.

Residents aged 35 to 69 can still act now and contribute to the health of future generations of British Columbians.  

The B,C. Cancer Agency’s head of cancer control research, John Spinelli, the Project’s principal investigator, explains that taking part in this major national research project will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the causes of cancer for decades to come.

“In a matter of 30 minutes, you can make a major difference for future generations,” he said. 

Robert Fine, director of economic development for the Central Okanagan, was the first local resident to participate in the Kelowna clinic.

“I am thrilled to see so many fellow Okanagan residents participating. For me it was an easy process—such a small pocket of time holds the potential to make such a difference,” Fine said.

“The process was seamless, plus I walk away feeling like I’ve done something significant for my kids and generations to come.”

The BC Generations Project clinic is located in the Westbank Valley Medical Lab and will be open until Feb. 12.  

For more information call 1-877-675-8221.

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