Spotlight Science: Cancer and Community

Bell Museum
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The Masonic Cancer Center is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting in the main lobby of the Bell Museum for their Spotlight Science series! 

Cancer research is a broad term that encapsulates a wide breadth of subjects and focuses. Join us for this event as we delve deeper into some of the subjects that Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota researchers are studying to help reduce the burden of cancer throughout the state. Topics will vary from Cancer Bio 101 to hands-on laboratory research techniques!


Curious about your role and possible impact in the community? We will also be sharing information regarding careers in cancer and how you can prevent cancer.


Cancer Up Close: Cancer in Human Organs
Real human organs with a variety of different cancer types will be represented. Members of the Anatomic Pathology lab will be onsite to answer questions about Surgical Pathology's role in beating cancer.

10,000 Families Study
The 10,000 Families Study will be visiting the Bell Museum to share information about this family based Study. Please come and visit our booth to learn more about this discovery adventure!

Cancer Trials Save Lives
At MNCCTN we bring clinical trials across the state so marginalized communities and people who live in Greater Minnesota can have more access to cancer clinical trials. This exhibit will share information about how cancer clinical trials have contributed to cancer treatments and survivorship.

Cancer Across the Animal World
Cancer occurs across the animal world, but dogs, humans, and cats have a greater cancer risk, and suffer from greater cancer morbidity and mortality from cancer than other animals. This exhibit will explore some of the reasons behind why cancer is more common in these species, and provide information about common cancers seen in companion dogs and cats.

Be a Cancer Researcher!
Join us for a hands-on activity showing how scientists use proteins to study cancer cells and find new treatments. Use a microscope to look at real human breast cancer cells! Learn to measure small volumes of liquids using a micropipette, just like researchers do in the laboratory!

Center for Genome Engineering: Creating Genetically Modified Cells to Cure Cancer
Explore how scientists at the Center for Genome Engineering have harnessed the power of CRISPR to sculpt the very essence of life - DNA! Imagine the possibilities as they use this biological tool to craft modified cells that are more capable of fighting cancer cells. Learn more about how this amazing process works and the success already happening in clinical trials.

Breast Cancer Champions
Breast Cancer Champions is a peer-to-peer education and mobile mammography program improving breast cancer screening rates for women of African heritage. They will provide information on breast cancer risks, symptoms, screening guidelines and screening benefit, a FREE screening resource in MN. Participants will also have an opportunity to work with a breast model to discern variation in breast tissue!

Patient & Caregiver Support 
Research matters when it comes to improving lung cancer survival, but so does patient & caregiver support and public awareness for improved early detection of lung cancer.

Passports & Prizes
Visit all the Spotlight Science exhibits to receive your Passport stamps! Once your passport is full, stop by our prizes table, tell us what you've learned & win a prize!

Cancer Fighters 
Learn about the importance of cancer fighting fruits and vegetables while you plant your own cancer fighters to take home!

Are You A Cancer Expert?
Come spin the quiz wheel and test your cancer knowledge!

The Masonic Cancer Center is the Twin Cities’ only Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the only 71 institutions in the United States to hold that designation. We create a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors.