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The Canary Foundation Announces Its Fourth Annual Early Detection Symposium

With the mission to save lives, leading academic researchers, clinicians, and Canary Foundation partners converge at Stanford University to discuss

early cancer detection progress and research

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than half a million Americans die from cancer each year, and the best chance to reduce these numbers is through early detection and intervention. The Canary Foundation, the world's first nonprofit organization dedicated solely to the funding, discovery and development of tests for early cancer detection, will host its annual Early Detection Symposium from May 20-22, 2008 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. Close to 200 members of the extended Canary Foundation Network, including leading scientists, doctors, engineers, and computer scientists from academia and industry will meet and share their successes, challenges, and visions for the field of early detection of cancer.

This year alone, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1.4 million new cancer cases will be diagnosed in the United States. Identifying early stage cancers will save lives. Survival rates improve dramatically - up to 90 percent - when cancer is diagnosed early, but the gap in funding and research for late stage disease and early detection is wide. Today, less than 15 percent of research funding goes to early detection.

The Canary Foundation's goal is to deliver early detection tests for solid tumor cancers by 2015. Imagine a day when screening for cancer will become as common as tests for cholesterol. A simple blood test and then isolating the tumor with imaging will allow doctors to intervene early enough to dramatically increase the chance of a full recovery with minimal side effects.

Canary Foundation Early Detection Symposium

Covering topics from discovery to marketplace, the Symposium is focused on building strategies for the discovery, validation, translation, approval and dissemination of efficient, cost-effective tests for early cancer detection.

This year's Symposium attendees and speakers will feature world-renowned scientists, academic researchers and clinicians, as well as Canary Foundation's commercial and foundational partners. Session panels include ovarian cancer screening, biomarker discovery, molecular imaging and updates on Canary's investments towards early detection of ovarian, lung, prostate, and pancreatic cancer. Highlights include:

-- Dr. John Niederhuber, director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI),

will deliver the keynote address and speak on early detection

investment at the NCI. Niederhuber oversees the nation's public

investments and policy decisions in all cancer research, including

early detection.

-- Dr. Leland Hartwell, Nobel Laureate and director of Fred Hutchinson

Cancer Research Center, will provide an overview of the global

investment in early detection.

-- Dr. Ian Jacobs, Director of University College of London (UCL)

Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre and of UCL's Institute for

Women's Health, will discuss lessons learned from the UK Collaborative

Trial of Ovarian Cancer Screening. The study began in 2000 and is

expected to take 10 years to complete. The study has involved over

200,000 women from 12 collaborating centers in the UK.

"The Early Detection Symposium is a place to share ideas, trends, progress and achievements in early cancer detection," said Don Listwin, founder and chairman of Canary Foundation. "There's a lot of work ahead of us, but through events like this we hope to foster further collaboration with partners and research institutions, which is crucial to reaching the end goal of delivering effective early detection diagnostic tools."

With 100 percent of donations going into early detection research activities, Canary Foundation has raised over $27.9 million since 2004 and committed $15.4 million to early detection research.

Registration, Conference agenda information

The conference is an invitation only event. To obtain more information on registration and the program agenda for the Early Detection Symposium, please visit

Canary Foundation Early Detection Symposium

Canary Foundation's Early Detection Symposium is a three-day conference that brings together members of the extended Canary Foundation Network, including leading academic researchers, clinicians, and partners. This event is held to foster the exchange of research results and ideas in early cancer detection. The symposium will be held at Stanford University from May 20-22, 2008. For more information, please visit:

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 $27.9 million and committed $15.4 million to early detection research. Its collaborative research programs span multiple disciplines and institutions. 100% of donations go to early detection research activities. For more information, please visit

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