The Associated Press June 24, 2011, 1:01PM ET

UH Cancer Center announces $3.6M gift

University of Hawaii's president says a multi-million dollar gift is to help solidify the UH Cancer Center's role as the world leader in mesothelioma research.

The center on Thursday announced a $3.58 million gift from an anonymous donor to research mesothelioma, which had been previously reported by The Associated Press.

It is the second largest gift in the center's history.

Director Dr. Michele Carbone says the gift is to help explore parts of the United States that contain a mineral that is more potent than asbestos in causing mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that line the chest and abdominal cavities.

UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw says the gift validates the efforts of Carbone's team and helps them remain at the forefront of thoracic oncology research.

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