Cancer Screening Company Raises $8 Million
Israel-based Smart Medical Systems manufactures an add-on device for colon screening, meant to increase detection of pre-cancerous tissue
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Cancer is a leading cause of death in the U.S., second only to heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and one out of every four U.S. deaths are cancer-related. Among the different cancers, colon cancer is the third most common cancer for both men and women, and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths after lung cancer. Difficulty in detecting pre-cancerous tissue is one of the main reasons for the high mortality.
The use of the G-EYE device resulted in a substantial increase in the detection of pre-cancerous polyps when tested in clinical trials, the company said in a statement.
Todd Sone and Ashley Friedman from Signet will join Smart Medical's board of directors following the investment.