Canary Foundation and Stanford University Commit $20 Million for World-Class Research Center for Cancer Early Detection
Early detection has proven value. One example is the Pap test. Thanks to this simple screening test, there has been a 70 percent decline in cervical cancer incidence and deaths in developed countries since 1950. Studies have shown that for nearly all types of cancer, the five-year relative survival rate is substantially lower when disease is caught in an advanced stage. In addition to saving lives, prevention and early detection have the potential to reduce the cost of treatments, which accounted for a staggering $93 billion in the U.S. in 2008.
John Hennessy, President of Stanford University states, "Throughout Stanford's history, we have recognized the importance of medical research and education and its role in serving the public, and today the Stanford medical community is a leader in cancer research. We are very grateful to the Canary Foundation for this gift establishing the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. It will enable researchers to focus on early discovery, saving lives and benefiting many in the greater community."
"The Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection will leverage Stanford's unique technologies and innovations in order to accelerate new and improved tools for detecting the onset of cancer," said Philip A. Pizzo, MD, dean of Stanford's School of Medicine. "Early detection can greatly increase the odds of successful cancer treatment, and I am deeply grateful to Canary Foundation and its supporters for their commitment to our shared goal - to improve cancer detection and survivorship."
Canary Foundation, named after the "early detection" role canaries once played by alerting coal miners of hazardous fumes, is the nation's only nonprofit devoted exclusively to early detection of cancer.
About Canary Foundation
Canary Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to the goal of identifying cancer early through a simple blood test and then isolating it with imaging. Since 2004, Canary has raised over $30 million to support early detection research. Its collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions. One hundred percent of donations go to early detection research activities. For more information, please visit www.canaryfoundation.org.