Please help us prevent colorectal cancer. By participating in this project, you can make a difference for future generations.
What is the Family CARE Project?
Who can participate in the project?
How do I participate?
How will this project benefit me and my whole family?
Will my privacy be protected?
Where do I go for more information?
The Family CARE (Colorectal Cancer Awareness and Risk Education) Project is a research study focused on family members of people who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
Colorectal cancer starts in the colon or rectum and is one of the most preventable cancers. There is a good chance that it is curable if found early through screening.
Many factors increase a person's chance of getting this type of cancer. The Family CARE Project will focus on the following:
- Family history of cancer
- Risk for colorectal cancer
- Things one can do to help prevent colorectal cancer or find it early, when it is easier to treat
This project will help families and health care workers learn more about the best ways to increase knowledge and awareness about colorectal cancer prevention among families affected by this disease. The long-term goal is to find ways to prevent the disease and to reduce cancer deaths.
We need help from those who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and from their family members. Participation of volunteers like you is vital to the success of this project.
If you have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer, we need your help to identify your eligible family members.
If someone in your family has had colorectal cancer, you may qualify for this project if the following are true:
- You are between ages 30 and 74
- You have one family member diagnosed with colorectal cancer before age 60 or have two or more family members diagnosed at any age
People diagnosed with colorectal cancer who would like their family members to participate will be asked to complete a form with contact information for any eligible family members.
Family members who are eligible and would like to participate will be asked to do the following:
- Complete questionnaires either by mail, phone, or the Internet
- Be assigned to one of two groups:
- A group that receives a pamphlet with colorectal cancer information only
- A group that receives the same pamphlet and has a one-time phone conversation with a cancer risk specialist.
Participation requires only mail, phone, or the Internet. You do not need to travel to Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The findings from this project may help us improve colorectal cancer prevention efforts and save lives.
People who participate in the Family CARE Project will benefit by learning about colorectal cancer, knowing their risk of getting the disease, and finding out what they can do to prevent this disease or find it earlier when it is easier to treat. You can take charge of your health!
We gather and protect all information according to federal laws. We will not share your personal information with anyone outside this project.
If you have questions or would like some additional information about this project, please call the Family CARE project office: 801-587-5561 or toll free 1-877-751-2220.
This project is funded by the National Cancer Institute and Huntsman Cancer Foundation. It is conducted at Huntsman Cancer Institute in cooperation with other cancer registries, centers, and clinics. The University of Utah's Institutional Review Board, which makes sure research is safe and ethical, approved this project.
Be a part of cancer research. You can make a difference!