June 3, 2024

A call to ‘Connect’ for cancer prevention research

Participate in a study to help uncover the causes of cancer and how to prevent it.

People from all backgrounds are invited to join Connect so the health discoveries can benefit everyone.

Researchers affiliated with an extensive, federally funded study are trying to learn more about what causes cancer and how it can be prevented. And they’re doing it — in fact, they can only do it — with the help of thousands of people across the nation.

Perhaps you too can support this research.

The Connect for Cancer Prevention Study, known as Connect, needs your help. For this study, the National Cancer Institute, the largest funder of cancer research in the world, is partnering with several health care organizations across the U.S. including Kaiser Permanente in Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Georgia, and Hawaii.

With cancer rates rising among young people — particularly for breast and gastrointestinal cancers — Connect has expanded the eligible age range to participate in the study. If you are between the ages of 30 and 70 with no history of cancer, you are eligible to join! You also are eligible to join if you have a history of nonmelanoma skin cancer or a condition that raises cancer risk, such as ductal carcinoma in situ, (DCIS).

We need people from all backgrounds to join Connect so the health discoveries can benefit everyone. People who join will be asked to answer online health surveys a few times each year. Participants donate blood, urine, and saliva at enrollment and every 2 to 3 years thereafter. They also allow researchers to access and appropriately use information from their medical records.

Connect today to help prevent cancer tomorrow.

To learn more about Connect, visit the Connect for Cancer Prevention Study website.