In the United States, prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer among men, second only to lung cancer in the number of deaths it causes. The likelihood of a man developing prostate cancer at some point in his life is high–about 16%. Each year, 200,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer and 27,000 die from it. Because so many prostate tumors are slow growing, however, survival rates are excellent when this form of cancer is detected early.
At the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Peter Nelson Lab, investigators are working to uncover how prostate cancer forms. Our goal is to create tools to diagnose the onset of prostate cancer, and also help develop more effective therapies for treating this disease. Our 28 team members come from a variety of research backgrounds, and include medical doctors, clinicians, scientists and technicians.
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