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Q: What do canaries and prostate cancer advocates have in common?

Posted Sep 29 2008 4:46pm

A: An interest in better clinical tests to predict aggressive cancer early.

The Canary Foundation has announced a collaborative partnership with the
National Cancer Institute’s Early Detection Research Network (EDRN), to identify and validate biomarkers of high-risk prostate cancer within the context of an active surveillance study. The full press release is available on line, but it doesn’t say how much money the Canary Foundation is putting up. Six respected academic institutions in the US are cooperating in the initial development of the study, to be called the Prostate Active Surveillance Study (PASS).

Why the “Canary” Foundation? Because of the historic use of canaries in coal mines to detect rising levels of methane and the risks for fire and explosions.

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