Research progress report: Frizzled 9 and lung cancer chemoprevention
By Sarah Ford on February 9, 2015
Source: Prevent Cancer Foundation
Every year, lung cancer leads to more deaths than any other cancer. An estimated 159,2601 Americans were expected to die from lung cancer in 2014, accounting for about 27% of all cancer deaths.
The Foundation is committed to lung cancer prevention research and currently supports five researchers studying different aspects of preventing this deadly disease. One of these researchers is Meredith Tennis, Ph.D., of the University of Colorado Denver. Her project focuses on Frizzled 9, a protein that helps to maintain normal lung tissue, as a potential biomarker2 to predict how patients may respond to the drug iloprost, a drug being used for chemoprevention.