Southerners Needed for a Study


African-Americans experience higher rates of some cancers than other Americans for reasons that are unknown. To learn more, the National Cancer Institute granted funds to create one of the largest health studies of African-Americans ever conducted.

The new Southern Community Study will recruit about 70,000 African-American and 35,000 non-African-American residents of the Southern United States especially through community health centers. This group of 105,000 will be followed for years, possibly decades.

The study group is large enough to shed light not only the most common cancers right away, but holds the promise of looking at rarer cancers affecting certain racial groups. To join the study, patients and non-patients are eligible if they are age 40-79 and not currently under treatment for a terminal disease.

For more information about the clinics enrolling people and other eligibility details, see

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