Tuesday, 1 February 2011

All about Epic

Open to all
Old Buckenham WI opened their January meeting to anyone in the village who was interested or had participated in the study by the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC). The EPIC survey was started in 1993 to examine the relationship between dietary intake and the incident of cancer and other diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and Alzheimer’s Disease.

Stephanie Moore, a Senior Research Assistant on the investigation, aided by Elliott Grigg, came to tell us particularly about EPIC-Norfolk. Norfolk was chosen as the ideal county for the survey being a good mix of towns and rural areas and therefore many different occupations, with lots of older people and also a stable population. Attleborough Surgery was approached and many of our audience participated in the study. They have been contributing information about their diet, lifestyle and health through questionnaires and through health checks carried out by EPIC nurses since 1997.
EPIC-Norfolk, with over 30,000 participants in the county when it started, is just one part of a Europe-wide study looking at the connection between diet and cancer.
On a less serious note members said how much they had enjoyed their Christmas lunch at the Stag and also how they had recently visited the Theatre Royal in Norwich to see Fiddler on the Roof. A surprise interval drink and nibbles provided by Terry Cracknel to celebrate his birthday made the evening even more enjoyable.

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