Cancer research at Brock funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute

cancer research

It has been 39 years since Terry Fox set out from Halifax on the "Marathon of Hope," running 5,000 kilometres to raise money and awareness for cancer research.

Today, there are more than 9,000 runs across Canada - including here in Niagara - which have raised more than $800 million for cancer research.

Some of that research is being done at Brock University in St. Catharines and funded by the Terry Fox Research Institute.

Brock Health Sciences graduate student Meera Mahmud is researching a component of a lung cancer screening model created by her supervisor, Professor of Health Sciences Martin Tammemägi,

Mahmud tells CKTB lung cancer is the leading cause of  cancer deaths in North America because it's diagnosed at a late stage.

She says the  research at Brock is looking at ways lung cancer can be detected at an earlier stage.

The model predicts a person’s likelihood of developing lung cancer by examining a wide range of information such as the person’s smoking or cancer history, age, ethnicity, socio-economic status and body mass index.

Mahmud will talk about her research before the Terry Fox Run gets started at Brock.