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Mayo Clinic Gets $6 Million for Native Cancer Outreach

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The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center received a $6 million grant to expand cancer prevention and outreach to American Indian and Alaska Native communities, reports the Associated Press.

A National Cancer Institute-designated center, the Mayo Clinic will use the five-year Community Networks Program Center grant to aid its physicians and scientists in reaching out to populations like American Indians with high cancer and low survival rates. Chiefly, the funding will enable clinical research studies to be conducted in Alaska and Wisconsin. The center operates on three campuses: in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Ariz.; Jacksonville, Fla.; and Rochester, Minn.

The Mayo’s Native American Programs director, Dr. Judith Kaur, currently one of only two American Indian medical oncologists in the United States, will lead the Spirit of Eagles Community Network Program to address comprehensive tribal cancer control, as well as enforce the Hampton Faculty Fellows Program’s mentorship of the next generation of Native American cancer control researchers.

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