News Release

July 28, 2004

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Golf Tournament Will Bolster Early Detection Services at the UConn Comprehensive Cancer Center

Farmington, Conn. – The 27th anniversary Cancer Research Golf Tournament will raise money for innovative early detection services at the University of Connecticut Comprehensive Cancer Center. The tournament will be held on Monday, August 2, at the Golf Club of Avon. The rain date is August 9.

This year’s tournament is once again being organized by a dedicated and hard-working team of volunteers, led by Chairman Mark Yellin of Farmington. Money raised this year will help the UConn Comprehensive Cancer Center purchase a mass spectrometer – a new device that detects proteins from blood, urine and other fluids that signal the earliest cellular changes leading to cancer.

“When cancer is found early, cure rates exceed 90 percent. That is why we are placing strong emphasis on research related to the early detection and prevention of cancer,” explained Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., director of the UConn Comprehensive Cancer Center. “This exciting new technology will allow UConn to become a leader in the emerging field of proteomics.”

Proteomics is the large scale study of proteins and protein expressions that are present in certain diseases. Research has shown this may be useful in the fight against several types of cancers, including diseases like ovarian cancer which have traditionally been difficult to detect in early stages.

Through the years, the Cancer Research Golf Tournament has supported a variety of cancer research initiatives.

“We deeply appreciate the concern and dedication of all the volunteers involved with the Cancer Research Golf Tournament. They continue to provide enormous and inspiring support for the advancement of critically important cancer research,” Dr. Runowicz added.

For more information about the tournament or to make a donation to cancer research, please call 860-679-4673.

For more information about the UConn Comprehensive Cancer Center visit

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