Big boost for prostate cancer research
A major boost for prostate cancer research.
PROCURE, a charitable organization dedicated to the fight against prostate cancer, and the Cancer Research Society have announced a new fund investing $4.5-million over five years into a biobank specializing in prostate cancer.
The biobank stores tissue, urine and blood samples from prostate cancer patients and tracks their medical information and progress. Over two thousand patients are now part of the biobank which was created in 2007. The data helps researchers and others in the medical community in studying new therapies and diagnostics and identifying risk factors.
The money will help the biobank expand and take on more patients.
In Canada, one in seven men will develop prostate cancer over their lifetime; one in 27 will die of it. This year alone, about 23,600 Canadian men, including 4,800 in Quebec, will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Among the fund donors: the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation, the Lemaire Family Foundation and the Antonopoulos Group.