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Stopping cancer before it starts

Steaming beaker and pipette in the lab

Spring 2024
By Brittany Flaherty
Photography by Bryce Vickmark

When The Dana-Farber Campaign was announced in 2021, cancer early detection and interception represented a key priority to re-imagine cancer care and it remains so today. In December 2023, Dana-Farber launched the Centers for Early Detection and Interception, a first-of-its-kind, integrated clinic that brings together clinicians and researchers across cancer types to advance early detection of precancerous conditions and to prevent cancer from arising in individuals at increased risk.

Today, cancer is often diagnosed when a patient has symptoms and the disease is already advanced, which can result in higher mortality. When patients have access to screening and we can detect disease earlier, we have a greater chance of treating that cancer. Prostate cancer, for example, was the most common new cancer diagnosis in 2023 and remains the second most deadly cancer in men. However, when this disease is diagnosed early, the five-year survival rate is close to 100%.

Dana-Farber has deep expertise in early detection and prevention. Examples include pioneering discoveries on hereditary cancer risk and developing one of the first clinical cancer genetics and prevention programs in the world. Building on this momentum and with advances in genomics and data science, philanthropy is enabling new approaches and expanded access to proactive care—saving more lives and improving the quality of life for people everywhere and for generations to come.

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