50-75 year old needed for colon cancer survey

UNC asking for volunteers
Dec. 02, 2012 @ 06:15 AM

 UNC will be conducting the colon cancer survey in Rutherford County through the winter and 50-75 year old residents are needed to participate. 

Next Saturday, Dec. 8, surveys will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Forest City Flea Market, Bethany Church Road in Forest City; and on Monday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Forest City Housing Authority, Forest City.

According to Jane L. Laping, research associate with UNC, death rates from colon cancer are high in Rutherford County and UNC-Chapel Hill is conducting a research study in Rutherford to increase rates of colon cancer screening.  By learning how people decide whether or not to be tested, researchers plan to develop ways to increase screening for colon cancer and reduce the number of people who die from it.

Researchers will be in Rutherford County conducting a survey about colon cancer screening this winter and  are looking for people who are low-income ($45,000/yr or less) and 50 -75 years old. The purpose of the survey is to find out how people make decisions about being screened for colon cancer. The survey will take about 45 minutes to complete and all participants will receive a $35 gift card.

If you are interested in taking the survey, call 828-318-3361 or e-mail screenforcancer@unc.edu to find out if you are eligible and to set up an appointment.