Rockford college receives grant for lung cancer research

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - The University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford receives a grant that will be used to continue lung cancer research.

The university says the $50,000 grant comes from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois with support from Dr. Louis and Violet Rubin Fund.

Researcher Neelu Puri, Ph.D. has been working on a study of lung cancer screening promotion in Winnebago County as well as setting the groundwork for detection of biomarkers linked with survival of lung cancer patients and developing blood tests to detect lung cancer in its early stages.

Dr. Puri is studying the effects of both physician and public education on lung cancer screenings of adult smokers who fit new Centers for Disease Control guidelines. Dr. Puri says the new guidelines for early lung cancer screenings are for adults aged 55-80 years who have smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 30 years.

The university says more than 1,100 screenings were done at Mercyhealth, OSF Saint Anthony and SwedishAmerican health systems from June 2015 to October 2017. From those screenings, lung cancer was detected in 19 patients; 11 of the cases were caught in the early stages of lung cancer.