Barshi Cohort Study

Our overall goal is to investigate a cohort to test hypothesis related to physical activity, diet and life-style related behavior and potential genetic determinants of cancer in a population with a low baseline cancer risk.

We will construct a cohort of approximately 250,000 people in rural (364 villages) and urban areas (3 small cities) around Barshi over a two and half year period. The cancer outcome will be obtained by linking the cohort data with the Barshi cancer registry by resurveying cohort and by conducting verbal autopsy.

Our study design will allow us to evaluate changes in cancer risk over time a result of the demographic and life-style transitions occurring across India.