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Fox Chase Cancer Center Needs Healthy Blood Donors For Research

PHILADELPHIA (June 2, 2000) -- People who do not have cancer but want to help advance cancer research can take part in a special program at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Researchers are collecting blood samples and gathering information about cancer risk factors from people with and without cancer. Scientists will study these two populations to help determine how genes, lifestyle, and our environment may lead to cancer. It is hoped that someday this research will be used to prevent cancer or to improve its detection, diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to the blood sample donated at Fox Chase, participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire about their family history of cancer, lifestyle, and personal medical history. The samples and information will be stored in the Fox Chase Cancer Center Biosample Repository. The participants? information and samples will only be released for research purposes to researchers who have been approved by the Fox Chase Biosample Repository Advisory Committee and Ethics Review Panel.

"In order to help identify new risk factors of cancer, scientists need to have access to very large numbers of blood samples obtained from healthy individuals and from individuals affected by cancer," explained Andrew Godwin, Ph.D., director of the Fox Chase Cancer Center Biosample Repository. "Therefore, we need the help of as many people as possible who are willing to support these studies by donating blood and completing some questionnaires. We believe that the Biosample Repository will serve as a valuable resource for current and future research done by researchers at Fox Chase and potentially around the world."

To take part in this study or to ask questions about the process, please call Dr. John Arnold at 215-728-2922. The identity of all individuals willing to participate in the Biosample Repository will remain confidential.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, one of the nation?s first comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1974, conducts basic and clinical research; programs of prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach. For more information about Fox Chase activities, visit the Center?s web site at:

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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