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Training dogs to detect ovarian cancer

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on December 4th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Woman’s best friend could also save her life. Researchers at the Pine Street Foundation in California are teaching rescue dogs how to sniff out ovarian cancer through a person’s breath. Using cloths that both a control group of healthy people and ovarian cancer patients have breathed on, trainers teach dogs how to use their nose to identify the cloth samples that belong to the cancer patient. When the dog correctly detects the cancer they are ...

Boston’s WEEI 93.7 wins the 2012 Global Lung Cancer Coalition Journalism Award

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on November 19th, 2012 | No Comments »
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[caption id="attachment_8724" align="alignright" width="300"] From left to right: Rich Monopoli and Diane Legg, Co-Directors New England Chapter of Lung Cancer Alliance; Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming at WEEI Sports Radio, Boston; Heather Unruh, Co-Anchor at WCVB-TV Channel 5 in Boston.[/caption] The Global Lung Cancer Coalition (GLCC) Journalism Award recognizes outstanding journalistic efforts in providing lung cancer patients with a voice and promoting public understanding of the disease. This year, on November 13, at the Boston ...

An iPhone App for Skin Cancer Screening

Posted by Prevent Cancer Foundation Staff on August 6th, 2012 | No Comments »
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A new free app developed at the University of Michigan allows users to use their phone’s camera to detect early signs of skin cancer. UMSkinCheck guides users through a series of 23 photos to take of their body parts as a basis for comparison should cancerous moles or lesions appear. The National Cancer Institute estimates that there will be 2 million new diagnoses of skin cancer in the Unites States this year and 76,250 cases of ...

15 Year Old Invents Cancer Detection Tool, Wins Intel S&E Fair

Posted by Vanamala Narasimhan, Communications Intern on August 1st, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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Jack Andraka, a 15 year old Maryland high school student, recently won the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) for his work on cancer identification technology. His winning project was an early detection test that can be used to detect pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. We got a chance to ask him about his project and achievements—here’s what this talented young scientist had to say: Q:     Where did you get your inspiration for your ...