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Jewish Doctor Receives Award for Work on Early Detection of Cancer

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Dr. Phil Gold, chief physician of the Montreal General Hospital, has been awarded the prestigious Emest Manning Award for his discovery of carcinoembryonic antigen, a substance secreted by certain cancerous tumors. The $75,000 award is the first by the Calgary, Alberta-based Manning Foundation.

Gold’s discovery, the result of many years of research, lead to the possibility of detecting some types of cancer up to three years earlier than previously possible. Gold, who is also associate director of the McGill Cancer Clinic and a professor of medicine at McGill University, was selected for the award from a list of 172 nominees across Canada.

Gold was born in Montreal in a Jewish family of merchants in the Saint-Laurent area of the city. The Manning Foundation was established to stimulate and recognize innovation in Canada by honoring persons who have created a new concept, process or product.

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