More than three million people have been invited to join a major health research programme developing ways to prevent, detect and treat diseases such as cancer and stroke.
What are the main points?
- Open to all UK adults, up to five million people will eventually have the opportunity to join Our Future Health, making it the UK’s largest health research programme.
- By analysing health data and blood samples from volunteers, researchers hope to find new ways to detect diseases earlier.
- The aim is to also find ways to more accurately predict who is at higher risk of diseases ranging from diabetes and heart disease to dementia.
- Volunteers will be given the option to receive feedback about their health, including risk of common diseases, from their health data and DNA analysis.
Dr Raghib Ali OBE, chief medical officer of Our Future Health (a collaboration between the public, private and charity sectors), said: ‘Today, millions of people spend many years of their life in poor health and too often we are only able treat diseases when our patients start showing symptoms. Volunteering to join Our Future Health is an opportunity to change that.’
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