National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
July 13, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 14

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NCI Launches Comprehensive Biospecimen Resource Web Site

Screen shot of caHUB Web site

NCI’s Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research has developed a new Web site to help advance the mission of its cancer Human Biobank (caHUB) initiative. The recently launched site hosts a variety of resources for the general public, professionals who work with biospecimens, potential partners, health care professionals, and patients. These include:

  • Videos from thought leaders in the field of biospecimens
  • Information about funding and partnership opportunities
  • Reports for the scientific, policy, and advocacy communities
  • Progress updates on this initiative to improve cancer research

caHUB was created in response to the critical shortage of high-quality, clinically annotated biospecimens, which are essential resources to accelerate the development of molecular-based diagnostics and therapeutics for personalized medicine. caHUB will contribute to medical advances by providing high-quality human specimens and data, as well as analyses, scientific tools, and services to the cancer research community and product development industries.

SEER Releases New U.S. Cancer Mortality Data

NCI’s Surveillance Research Program updated the 2010 SEER Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2007 (CSR) to include U.S. cancer mortality data. This update is in addition to previously posted materials, which were released on April 15. Other materials available online include:

The updated CSR presents the most recent statistics on cancer incidence, survival, mortality, prevalence, and lifetime risk. All material in the SEER CSR report is in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission. Citation of the original source is appreciated.

The latest SEER data were also released through SEER*Stat, statistical software that provides a mechanism for analyzing data in SEER and other cancer-related databases.

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