At the University of Minnesota Institute for Global Cancer Prevention Research, our singular focus is to inform cancer prevention, worldwide.

Cancer is a major public health threat and is the second leading cause of death worldwide. It touches everyone, everywhere, and it’s burden is expected to grow globally more than 60% by 2040, with certain populations bearing the disproportionate share of this growth. In the U.S. and worldwide, those with lower socioeconomic status and who are Black, Indigenous and people of color often experience higher exposures to cancer risk factors and lack access to cancer screening and other control measures.

Although we’ve made progress in treating cancer, prevention remains our greatest tool in reducing cancer risk with estimates that 30-50% of cancers can be prevented.

We advance scientific evidence and build capacity to directly support policies and practices aimed at cancer prevention in susceptible populations. And we do this by bringing together researchers, trainees, and donors from around the world to collaborate in global cancer prevention efforts.