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African American Cancer Prevention Project: Establishing a Cohort to Investigate Health Disparities

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Trial Information

African American Cancer Prevention Project: Establishing a Cohort to Investigate Health Disparities

Study Procedures:

If you decide to take part in this study, you will complete study procedures at month 36
(the day you sign this consent form) and again every year for the next 2 years. These
procedures include completing a questionnaire, having your body measurements taken, and
receiving self-help materials.

At month 36, you will complete the questionnaire on a computer that is set up at the church
in a private room. The questions will be about nutrition, exercise, tobacco and alcohol
use, your neighborhood, age, education, social status, health status, stress, and racism.
It should take about 75 minutes to complete. Your waist, hip, height, and weight will also
be measured while you are in the private room.

Every year after that for the next 2 years, you will go back to the church to complete a new
questionnaire each time. The questionnaires should take about 75 minutes to complete each

If you cannot get back to the church, you may complete the questionnaire over the phone.
The study staff will provide you with the phone number and directions on how to complete the
survey over the phone. Your measurements will be taken at the church, or at the Behavioral
Research and Treatment Center (BRTC) at MD Anderson, whichever is more convenient for you.

At each study visit, you will also receive self-help materials on how to lower your risk for
developing cancer.

Questionnaire Data:

Your questionnaire data will be used for research purposes only. Your responses will not be
shared with your personal doctor. If you feel you need a doctor's opinion about anything
that is asked about in the questionnaire (such as mental or emotional difficulties or
symptoms), please contact your personal physician.

About 1 month after each you complete the questionnaire each time, the research staff will
review and score your responses. If your scores suggest signs of depression, you will be
given a list of resources for mental health screening.

Length of Study:

After 5 years, your active participation in this study will be over. You may be contacted
in the future to see if you would agree to take part in other research studies.

This is an investigational study.

Up to 1,501 people will take part in this study. All will be enrolled at MD Anderson.

Inclusion Criteria:

1. be age 18 years old and above

2. read and write English

3. live in the Houston metro area

4. have a viable (working) telephone number and home address

Exclusion Criteria:

1) None.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Case Control, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

To learn if and how certain behavioral, social, and environmental factors may affect cancer rates among African Americans as compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

Outcome Time Frame:

2 Years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

Lorna H. McNeill, MPH, PhD

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

December 2008

Completion Date:

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • African American
  • Adults
  • African American Cancer Prevention Project
  • Health Disparities
  • Questionnaire
  • Body Measurements
  • Self-help
  • Cancer Rates
  • Prevention



UT MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas  77030