In addition to understanding what goes wrong in the body, and the therapies that will have the greatest impact, it is crucial to understand the environmental and behavioral factors that can increase cancer risk and recurrence, and to do so by looking at them from a population perspective.
The Masonic Cancer Center’s Screening, Prevention, Etiology, and Cancer Survivorship Research Program is bringing together dozens of faculty from across the U who are working towards this shared goal. The group’s members, who represent 17 departments and nine schools or colleges, bring strong expertise in pediatric and adult cancer epidemiology, cancer risk reduction, and cancer diagnosis, outcomes, and survivorship.
Masonic funds have supported regular meetings and collaborations among program members, which have strengthened key studies such as:
The 10,000 Families study, which is enrolling families across Minnesota to understand how genetics, environmental exposures, and lifestyle habits contribute to health and disease.
Research focused on reducing the harm caused by commercial tobacco, led by Dana Mowls Carroll, Ph.D., M.P.H.