Cancer Prevention and Wellness Studies

The UH Cancer Center is on the frontline in the battle against cancer. We are researching new ways to prevent, and treat cancer, and we are currently conducting more than 100 cancer clinical trials to study new therapies with life-saving potential. Join us in the fight by volunteering, hosting a fundraising event or participating in a research study. Every contribution of time, funding or resources makes a difference.

Shape Up! Adults Study

Interested in learning about your percent body fat, percent lean mass, and bone density?

Participate in the Shape Up! Adults Study.

Several body composition measurements will be completed for this study: whole-body Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), blood draw, optical (2D and 3D) imaging, and muscle strength.

Time Commitment: One time visit at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center that will last about two hours.


  1. 18 years or older
  2. Able to lay flat on your back for up to 10 minutes
  3. Able to stand without aid for 2 minutes
  4. Do not have any metal implants


  1. Copy of the DXA scan report (fat, lean, and bone mass)
  2. Complete Blood Count results

Compensation: A gift card will be given to participants, upon completion of the study visit. Some participants may be eligible to participate in a follow-up visit for an additional gift card.

To participate or learn more about this study, contact the study coordinator at (808) 440-5234 and mention “Shape Up! Adults Study

Shape Up! Kids Study

Participate in the Shape Up! Kids Study to measure your body composition!

Purpose: Develop ways to measure health and body composition from 2D and 3D images.

You may qualify if you:

  1. Are between 5 and 17 years old
  2. Are able to lay flat on your back for up to 10 minutes
  3. Are able to stand without aid for 2 minutes
  4. Don’t have any metal in or on your body that can’t be removed

Procedures: Questionnaire, DXA, MRI, pictures, blood draw, body and strength measurements

Time commitment: One visit that will last about 3 hours. (Some participants will have a second visit)

Upon completion of the study visit you will receive:

  1. A gift card
  2. Information about your body composition

Participate or learn more about this study by contacting the study team at (808) 440-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and reference the "Shape Up! Kids Study".