IU Simon Cancer Center researcher heads cancer study during Indiana Black Expo's health fair


INDIANAPOLIS -- (July 8, 2010) -- A small drop of blood can provide researchers with countless clues into cancer.

You can help researchers at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center by donating a blood sample during the Indiana Black Expo’s INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair.

The researchers are participating in the Indiana State Department of Health’s One Stop-One Stick program which allows people to donate blood and receive free screenings of their choice.

Men and women with and without cancer can indicate they want their blood samples to be included in a study called IU-CABS – the Indiana University Cancer Biomarker Study -- led by Noah Hahn, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a physician/researcher at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The IU-CABS study will be located in booths 313, 315, 317, and 319 in Hall D of the Indiana Convention Center. The booths are open:

  • 4-8 p.m. Thursday, July 15
  • 1-8 p.m. Friday, July 16
  • 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, July 17
  • Noon-6 p.m. Sunday, July 18

The study will help identify genetic and environmental risk factors that lead to the development of cancer.

Each participant will be asked to provide a one-time blood sample and complete a basic medical history questionnaire.

Dr. Hahn pointed out that minorities have historically been underrepresented in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment studies.

“The burden of cancer in minority communities is high,” Dr. Hahn said. “Our understanding of the cancer biology in minority populations is poor. Increasing minority representation in research trials and research tissue banks is an enormous need. For us to make dramatic progress, we have to engage the community in the research process.”

Since early 2007, Dr. Hahn and colleagues have worked closely with Indiana Black Expo and the Indiana State Department of Health to involve minority populations in research studies during various events. Thus far, nearly 2,500 men and women have participated with more than 575 individuals from minority populations.