Volunteer of the Month
Climb for Kidney Cancer
See, Test & Treat 
CURE Cancer Internship
SERVICE: Nelson Rhodus, DMD, MPH
Dr. Nelson Rhodus is a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnosis and Radiology and in the Department of Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences in the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry.

In addition to his roles as a clinician, scientist, and educator, Dr. Rhodus is very active in sharing his research on the importance of oral health with the community. He has contributed to the development of new technologies for the screening and diagnosis of cancer, such as testing a patient's saliva. He has also been a strong advocate for enhancing the role of dentists in cancer screening and in promoting cancer prevention through measures such as HPV vaccination.
AWARENESS: Climb for Kidney Cancer 2016!

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, TCF Bank Stadium was home to Break the Bank - Climb 4 Kidney Cancer 2016. Our Education and Community Engagement team was on site providing cancer education materials to cancer patients, families, survivors and advocates. 

Hundreds of participants registered to climb the stairs of the stadium- a total of 6,054 stairs! All proceeds and donations from the event went to fund kidney cancer research at the University of Minnesota.
PREVENTION: See, Test & Treat
Based on current incidence rates, 12.4% of women born in the United States today will develop breast cancer some time during their lives. Though some breast cancer risk factors can't be changed (e.g. age and genetics), many risk factors can be changed through lifestyle choices (e.g. healthy eating, exercise and screening). October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, our Education and Community Engagement team is focused on spreading knowledge about the importance of breast cancer screenings. 

With this goal in mind, on October 5 - 6, our team joined efforts with Minnesota Department of Health, American Cancer Society, and other organizations to provide FREE breast and cervical cancer screenings to under-insured and uninsured women. The event, See, Test & Treat, was held at Northpoint Health and Wellness Center, in North Minneapolis. Women received a pelvic and clinical breast exam, fit test, pap test and screening mammogram, with same day results! In this ONE-DAY, single visit model, women received cancer education, lunch and even zumba lessons while waiting for their results. And if the patient received abnormal results, referrals for follow-up care were made immediately!

Screening and early detection can and does save many lives. Whether you have a family medical history that indicate you are at greater risk for cancer, or if you are in a low-risk group with no symptoms of disease, regular screenings are critical to successfully diagnosing and treating cancer.
Do you have questions about cancer screening? Call our Nurse Line (612-624-2620), staffed Monday- Friday from 9 AM- 4 PM. Our Nurse will be happy to answer your questions!
EDUCATION: CURE Cancer Internship
Successful progress in understanding the development, progression, and treatment of cancer requires research that is driven by collaborative and passionate scientists. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota recognize that this success is enhanced by researchers who approach questions from novel and unique perspectives. An important component to this approach is a diverse workforce.  To help achieve this goal, the CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences) program was developed to provide opportunities in research and career development training to individuals from populations currently underrepresented in biomedical research.

The CURE Cancer Internship at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota will provide a unique cancer research experience to five high school and five undergraduate students attending schools in Minnesota. An important strength of this program is the continuity of training, with interns taking part year-round for a minimum of two years (up to five years). Students must have demonstrated a sincere interest in science and a research-intensive career and must be a member of an underrepresented minority population. The ultimate goal of this program is to mentor and enhance the career pipeline for bright young individuals from diverse backgrounds to become the next generation of cancer researchers.

In addition to gaining hands-on experience in a laboratory under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will be taught the fundamentals of cancer biology. They will also develop critical skills in career and professional development, such as data presentation, networking, and the college/workforce application process. 

Faculty members interested in mentoring a CURE intern and any researchers interested in contributing to our educational seminars should contact Danielle Renner, Ph.D. at
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