Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium
The purpose of this study is to better understand colorectal cancer in African-Americans. Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third- eading cause of cancer-related death in the United States. It is estimated that approximately 154,000 men and women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and 52,180 persons died of this disease in 2007. Although overall CRC incidence rates have declined over the past 10 years, incidence rates in the African-American population have barely decreased, and they remain considerably higher than in other populations. Unfortunately, very few studies have specifically addressed CRC in African-Americans.
We plan to recruit 2,00 subjects to create a CRC repository. Subjects will be asked to provide clinical information, approximately 3 tablespoons of blood and colon biopsies during their regularly scheduled colonoscopy, and they be contacted by phone to answer questions about their dietary habits. Subjects will only complete one study visit during the time of their procedure. The subjects will be receiving a colonoscopy which is part of their conventional care. Biopsies and blood will be taken for research purposes. Subjects will have no associated fees with this portion of the research, all aspects will be covered.
You may be eligible to participate in this study if you are:
- Over age 18
- Able to give consent
- Already scheduled to undergo a clinically indicated (physician prescribed) endoscopic procedure at Rush, paid for by your insurance for your clinical evaluation
This is a partial list of eligibility requirements. To inquire about your eligibility, please call the contact number provided. If you wish to inquire via email, please include the title of the study in your message.