Welcome to the Masonic Cancer Center's Cancer Education Online Learning!

Brought to you by the Office of Community Engagement and Education. We invite you to use the resources to learn about cancer, awareness, prevention, and more through our videos, activities, resources, and guides. There's something for the whole family!

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Stay informed and find the resources you need during this unprecedented time.

The Masonic Cancer Center has compiled a list of resources for you to stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information and provide ideas and opportunities for education at home during this time of social distancing.

COVID-19 Resources.pdf

Spotlight on: Colorectal Cancer

What is Colorectal Cancer?

In this video, Stanford’s top colon care specialists explain what you can do to prevent colon cancer, describe who is at greatest risk and talk about the new tests (including those that target the genetics of a colon tumor) and chemotherapies that have changed the long-term prognosis even for people with advanced colon cancer.

Learn more about Colorectal Cancer

From our partners at the American Indian Cancer Foundation

Stay Active While You Stay At Home!

Learn more from M Health Fairview.

Need some tunes while you stay active? Check out our Spotify playlist!

Sign up for Free Online Courses!

Ways to Wellness, an M Health Fairview entity, is offering seven weeks of THRIVE: Cancer Survivorship Class Series, a series of new content specifically designed for cancer survivors. Sign up or watch the recordings after each event.

The Earle E Bakken Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota is offering Stress Busters every Tuesday from 12 - 1 pm as well as additional online courses and resources. This is great for all ages and abilities.

Answer: A) Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables

Cancer 101

Watch the video to learn about cancer.


  1. What is one thing you learned in the video?

  2. To help prevent cancer should we:

    • A) Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables

    • B) Smoke cigarettes

    • C) Get a goldfish

Scavenger Hunt.pdf

Vaping: What Is It?


Also available in Spanish and Somali.

Click the video above to learn more.

What About Me?

Click the image to learn about your Unique Risks and how to know if screenings are right for you and your family.

Also available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

Learn more about specific cancers and how to prevent them.

Click on each preview to learn more.

Learn a Little Bit About Cancer

We have released several videos providing a look into common cancers including screening information, symptoms, and prevention tips.

A Little Bit About: Cervical Cancer

A Little Bit About: Breast Cancer

Learn a Little Bit More

Check out additional information on various cancer topics from other reputable resources.

Cancer Screening Recommendations

Breast Cancer

Women ages 40 to 54 should have mammograms every year.

  • Women age 55 and older may continue to have annual mammograms or be screened every 2 years. Having a mammogram every 2 years may be appropriate for women at low risk of developing breast cancer.

Individual risk can be assessed and discussed with your health care providers.

  • Regular evaluation should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 years or more.

  • Tell your doctor right away if there are any inconsistencies in how your breasts look like how they normally look and feel in your breasts.

  • All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations, and possible harm associated with breast cancer.

Talk to your healthcare provider about breast and cancer screening.

Cervical Cancer


  • Women should start cervical cancer testing at age 21.

  • Women between the ages of 21 and 29 should have a Pap test, a test done every 3 years.

  • Women between the ages of 30 and 65 should have a Pap test, test, and an HPV test done every 5 years.

  • Women over 65 who have had cervical cancer should still be screened regularly.

Tests in the last 10 years with normal results do not have to be screened for cervical cancer.

Women with a history of pre-cervical cancer should continue to be examined for at least 20 years after that diagnosis, even if they are over 65 years of age.

  • A woman who has a total hysterectomy for reasons other than cervical cancer and who has no history of the cervical cancer or severe pre-cancer should not be tested.

Lung Cancer

Annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screenings are recommended for people who are:

  • 55 - 74 years and in good health

  • Currently smoke or have stopped smoking in the last 15 years

  • Have a smoking history of at least 30 packs per year *

* An "annual pack" refers to 1 pack of 20 cigarettes per day per year. One pack per day for

30 years or 2 packages per day for 15 years would both be 30 package years.

Colon Cancer

  • For people who have an average risk of colorectal cancer, the regular exam should start at age 45 (or age 40 if you're African American or black).

  • If you are in good health, you should continue to be screened regularly until you are at least 75 years old.

  • People ages 76 to 85 should talk to their doctor.

  • People over 85 should no longer be tested.

  • Talk to your healthcare provider to see if having a stool test or a colonoscopy is best for you.

Prostate Cancer

  • Men should make an informed decision with their healthcare provider about whether to have a prostate cancer test. Research has not yet shown that the potential benefits of testing outweigh the harms of testing and treatment.

  • Starting at age 50*, men should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of testing, so they can decide if the test is the right option for them.

*If you are African American or black and have a parent or sibling who had prostate cancer before age 65, you should have this conversation with a health care provider beginning at age 40.

Tips from Nurse Patty!

Tips from Nurse Patty (2).pdf
Tips from Nurse Patty #2.pdf
Tips from Nurse Patty #3.pdf

Information for Cancer Patients and Loved Ones

Click each preview below to learn more. Also great to print out for your next appointment!

A resource to help you be proactive about your healthcare.

A resource to help you ask questions about your care.

Who is a Cancer Survivor?

A Cancer Survivor is anyone once they've received a cancer diagnosis. This includes people who are going through treatment, who are on clinical trials, are disease-free for any length of time. Learn more about cancer survivorship at survivorship.umn.edu.

In lieu of the 2020 annual Cancer Survivorship Conference, we are providing online resources, courses, and information in collaboration with our partners at survivorship.umn.edu/resources. And save the date for the 2021 conference.

What are Clinical Trials?

Learn about clinical trials by clicking on the brochure.

Also available in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali.

View the video below to learn more!

Do you have more questions about cancer or clinical trials?

Reach out to us!

Who We Are

We are the Office of Community Engagement and Education at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. We go into the community to help people across Minnesota learn about cancer so that they know how they can prevent cancer, get screenings, and have resources to help them.

Want to get involved?

Let us know if you'd like us to work with your community, business, or school by reaching out to us at ccinfo@umn.edu.