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Press Officer and Head of Press and Public Relations (in ch.)

Dr. Sibylle Kohlstädt

Im Neuenheimer Feld 280
69120 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 6221 422854
Fax: +49 6221 422968

E-Mail: s.kohlstaedt@dkfz.de
or presse@dkfz.de

Recent Press Releases

No. 50 | 05. October 2017 | by Doy

Colorectal cancer screening: Nine different tests – but they deliver comparable results

Colon cancer under the microscope
© Lutz Langbein, DKFZ

The earlier colorectal cancer and its precancerous lesions are detected, the better. For this purpose, new immunological tests for hidden traces of blood in the stool have been in use since this year. These tests only deliver positive results if specific threshold values of hemoglobin are exceeded. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg have compared nine of these tests. Their result: All nine tests detect the vast majority of colorectal cancer cases and also many of its precancerous lesions. However, the manufacturers' specifications of the hemoglobin value above which there is a suspected case of colorectal cancer vary widely. Adjusting the thresholds, the scientists showed that all tests deliver very similar results. Even a smartphone test that functions without laboratory analysis can compete with test results from the laboratory.

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No. 49 | 04. October 2017 | by Koh

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month - Towards personalized breast cancer screening

© Kooperationsgemeinschaft Mammographie

Many unnecessary mammography examinations and, thus, many falsely positive findings could be avoided if women who have a lower breast cancer risk were invited to mammography screenings at longer intervals, while women at increased risk could take screening examinations more frequently. However, how can one determine a woman's individual breast cancer risk accurately? Scientists at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg are working to enhance the mathematical models that are used for risk prediction. Blood samples collected as part of the EPIC study help them achieve this goal.

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No. 48c2 | 02. October 2017 | by Koh

Endowed chair at the German Cancer Research Centre commences work thanks to a one-million Euro donation from CTS EVENTIM

Karsten Rippe
© Jutta Jung/DKFZ

The German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ) has created an endowed Chair in Chromatin Networks with the University of Heidelberg. Karsten Rippe, a biophysicist, will take up the Chair and will lead this department of the DKFZ. The new professorship is funded by CTS EVENTIM, one of the world’s leading providers of ticketing services and live entertainment. The company is providing the sum of one million Euro – the highest sum it has ever donated.

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