Strang was founded in 1933 by Dr. Elise Strang L’Esperance and opened by first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Dr. L’Esperance collaborated with Dr. George Papanicolaou, a medical scientist, whose research led to the early detection of cancer of the cervix. This breakthrough resulted in the Pap test; In 1940 Strang was the first medical facility to introduce this test into clinical practice. The Pap test for early detection of cervical cancer continues to save millions of women’s lives worldwide.
Mammography screening originally studied in collaboration with Beth Israel Medical Center in the 1960s, has been shown in many subsequent studies to reduce the death rate from breast cancer.
A recent national study has shown that low dose spiral CT screening reduces the death rate from lung cancer.