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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 ...

Researcher Seeks to Develop Effective Early Detection Test for Ovarian Cancer (Part II)

Posted by Sarah Abou-El-Seoud, Programs Associate on July 18th, 2012 | No Comments »
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Editor's Note: This is the second part of a two part article about Dr. Barua's research. Read Part I of Dr. Barua’s Research Q&A. Dr. Barua is an assistant professor at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. One of his major research goals is to enhance the resolution of traditional ultrasound imaging to improve the detection of ovarian cancer in early stages. Dr. Barua credits the Foundation with helping him work towards this goal and ...

Researcher Seeks to Develop Effective Early Detection Test for Ovarian Cancer (Part I)

Posted by Sarah Abou-El-Seoud, Programs Associate on July 6th, 2012 | 2 Comments »
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We spoke with Animesh Barua, PhD, at Rush University Medical Center, who received a grant from the Foundation in spring 2008 to examine early detection of ovarian cancer by contrast-enhanced ultrasound imaging. We caught up with Dr. Barua to hear more about his research and the importance of funding studies in prevention and early detection. 1. What led you to the field of ovarian cancer research? In my childhood, I saw one of my relatives die young ...