Improving detection of ovarian cancer using store loyalty cards (Cancer Loyalty Card Study)
The Cancer Loyalty Card Study based at Imperial College London and funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) is inviting women living in the UK to take part in a new and innovative research study to work towards reducing delays in ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed late when the cancer has already spread - many women are diagnosed at stage 3 or stage 4 ovarian cancer. This is because the symptoms of ovarian cancer are vague. The five-year survival rate for stage 2 cancer is 68% and drops down to only 27% at stage 3 and 13% at stage 4.
With help from women without ovarian cancer diagnosis, we can compare shopping history with ovarian cancer patients to see if signs and symptoms were treated with over the counter medication.
In this study, researchers are looking at over the counter medications women buy before they are diagnosed with ovarian cancer. For example, do they buy more pain killers or medicines to help with digestion. Researchers think this might provide a new way to help identify signs of ovarian cancer.
Store loyalty cards record the items people buy. Researchers plan to collect this information from participants who agree to join the study and has at least one loyalty card from the supporting retailers.
The researchers will then compare the 2 groups of women (with ovarian cancer and without) to see if there is a difference in the products they buy.
You can find out more about the study by watching the video at the bottom of this page.
Women in the UK, 18 years or older, who have not been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and hold a loyalty card with certain high street stores (as listed on the project website (https://www.clocsproject.org.uk/participants-0).
We invite individuals to share this opportunity widely with others who may be interested in participating in this important and innovative research.
What will I be asked to do?
You can take part via the CLOCS study website (www.clocsproject.org.uk/participants-0). You need to complete a consent form and an online questionnaire as well as provide a proof of ID and address. A proof of ID and address are required for the retailers to share your past purchase information.
Everyone taking part completes a short questionnaire (10-15 minutes) asking about risk factors for ovarian cancer. It asks:
- if you have had children or not
- about your cancer history
- about any medical conditions
- about your loyalty card use
You can withdraw from the study at any time by contacting the reserach team on [email protected]
If you have any queries or feedback regarding the research project, or would like any further information about the use of your data you can get in touch with the research team to discuss further by emailing [email protected]
Will I get anything for taking part?
No incentives are provided to participants except our sincere gratitude.
While there will be no direct benefit to participants, participants will help contribute to shaping the future ovarian cancer diagnosis.
Further information about the research project
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