WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.) and U.S. Reps. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) and Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) announced the award of $641,864 in federal funding to Dartmouth College in support of research efforts to improve the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

Specifically, the grant will be used to develop and evaluate a new breast imaging system that will improve detection rates for breast cancer. This funding is distributed from the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Detection and Diagnosis Research grant program.

the National Cancer Institute is housed under the National Institutes of Health, which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Shaheen said, “Cancer research is a vital part of our fight for a cure, so I’m very encouraged to see this federal investment in Dartmouth’s ongoing efforts.

She said the federal funding will empower scientists and researchers with the resources they need to develop innovative and effective technology to improve detection.

"Increasing the availability — and improving the effectiveness — of preventative and diagnostic screenings will continue to be a top priority for me so doctors can catch and treat cancer early,” she said.

Hassan said, “This federal grant will help researchers at Dartmouth College test a new and innovative technology to improve the accuracy of breast cancer diagnoses and help save lives. I will continue working with the rest of the New Hampshire delegation to fight for critical funding for New Hampshire’s talented scientists and researchers, and help them stay on the cutting edge of medical advancements.”

Noting that breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers among American women, Kuster said, "We have to pull out all the stops to prevent and fight back against this disease. This funding will help support and develop a cutting edge breast imaging platform at Dartmouth College that could lead to earlier and more accurate diagnoses of breast cancer. I’m encouraged by this development and I will continue working to secure funding and resources for programs that invest in the health of Granite Staters and people across the country.”

Pappas said: “There are so many people whose lives have been touched by cancer, and while progress has been made to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer there is more work to be done. I’m pleased that these federal funds are returning to New Hampshire to support researchers at Dartmouth who will pursue technology to improve detection and treatment of breast cancer. Every advancement we can make in is this fight will save lives and improve outcomes.”

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