Mini Medical School: A 20/20 View of Cancer
Mini Medical School offers a unique perspective into the health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Once a week for six weeks, students – ranging in age from high school students to retirees – with a shared interest in health embark on a journey examining the scientific foundations of health and disease. Presented using common language for ease of understanding complex topics, your guides are internationally renowned University of Minnesota experts who are shaping the way health care is delivered locally and globally.
In addition to learning from our world-renowned faculty in the classroom, students have the opportunity to get supplemental information relevant to the session topic from exhibitors. A 20/20 View of Cancer is designed to give students insight into research centric key cancer concepts and on cancer in Minnesota.
Diet and Lifestyle Factors in Cancer Risk
Robert Turesky, BSc, PhD
Masonic Chair in Cancer Causation Professor
Department of Medicinal Chemistry
- Lifestyle factors impact health (tobacco, alcohol, diet).
- Some chemicals in the environment or diet, if present at sufficiently high levels, can increase cancer risk.
- Eat a varied and well balanced diet containing antioxidants.
- Many chemicals in the diet can mitigate health risks posed by environmental and dietary toxicants.
- Not all naturally occuring herbs used as alternative medicines are safe.
E-cigarettes and Vaping: Chemistry and Toxicology Considerations
Irina Stepanov, PhD
Division of Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health
- Both the e-cigarette devices and the liquids used with these devices contribute to the chemical complexity of e-cigarette aerosol.
- Flavors and high nicotine content contribute to the popularity of some devices, such as JUUL, among youth.
- Adult addicted smokers could potentially reduce some of their health risks by switching to e-cigarettes; however, complete switching is required to achieve this goal.
- Research employing biomarkers of exposure and effect can provide key insights into the potential long-term health consequences of e-cigarette use.
- Investigators in the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota are nationally and internationally recognized leaders in the field of chemistry and toxicology of tobacco products.
Cancer Fighters presented by the Masonic Cancer Center Community Engagement and Education Team