NAMUR, Belgium, Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- VolitionRx Limited (NYSE MKT: VNRX) today released a video to celebrate World Cancer Day and to offer a message of hope from the inspirational cancer survivor, explorer and campaigner, Sean Swarner. VolitionRx supported Swarner's most recent expedition to the South Pole as part of the Company's corporate social responsibility programme and to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of cancer, as well as to show that patients can lead a long full life after overcoming cancer.
Swarner reached the South Pole after trekking for six days and enduring temperatures of -80°C and equipment malfunctions. The video released today highlights some of the challenges faced by Swarner during his expedition and how the blood tests for cancer developed by VolitionRx could help improve patient outcomes through early detection.
In his teenage years, Swarner was diagnosed with two different, unrelated and deadly forms of cancer. After an incredibly poor prognosis through which he spent a year in a medically-induced coma, Swarner astonished his doctors when he survived both diseases. With only one functioning lung, Swarner became the first cancer survivor to summit Mount Everest and has since gone on to ascend the highest peaks on each continent, the "Seven Summits", as well as to complete the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. Swarner is also an international keynote speaker, who will be releasing his first of seven ebooks on February 16, 2016.
Sean Swarner commented, "As with all my expeditions, one of my aims in trekking to the South Pole was to demonstrate to people all over the world that cancer is not a death sentence and to raise awareness of the importance of early detection. The best way to survive cancer is to find it early through screening, which is why I have teamed up with VolitionRx. VolitionRx is a life sciences company focused on developing a simple, cost-effective blood test to accurately diagnose a broad range of cancers. Detecting cancer at an early stage means it can be managed and treated effectively. If you are prepared, you can fight it. As a cancer survivor with only one lung who made it to the South Pole, I want other cancer patients and people all over the world to hear a message of hope in my story."
Cameron Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of VolitionRx, remarked, "Corporate social responsibility is a core part of VolitionRx, and we were excited to have the opportunity last year of working with two-time cancer survivor Sean Swarner and supporting his goal of trekking to the South Pole. Sean is an extraordinary, inspirational person who, through his challenges and campaigns, demonstrates what is possible through courage, determination and pushing boundaries. We are very proud to support him and to celebrate World Cancer Day by releasing this video of his trek to the South Pole. In the past few months, VolitionRx has announced results of over 90% accuracy in detecting colorectal, pancreatic and lung cancer, and these studies indicate that our NuQ® tests work equally well for early-stage cancer as for advanced tumors. I firmly believe that until a cure is found, the best way to minimise the harm from cancer is early detection through simple blood-based screening tests."
To watch the video, see: https://youtu.be/Z7qfaFxGnyY
For more information on Sean Swarner visit www.seanswarner.com.
VolitionRx is a life sciences company focused on developing blood-based diagnostic tests for different types of cancer. The tests are based on the science of Nucleosomics which is the practice of identifying and measuring nucleosomes in the bloodstream -- an indication that cancer is present.
VolitionRx's goal is to make the tests as common and simple to use, for both patients and doctors, as existing diabetic and cholesterol blood tests. VolitionRx's research and development activities are currently centred in Belgium as the company focuses on bringing its diagnostic products to market first in Europe, then in the U.S. and ultimately, worldwide.
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