Paul Okunieff, M.D., is the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Foundation and David B. and Leighan R. Rinker chair and serves as director of the UF Shands Cancer Center and chair of the College of Medicine department of radiation oncology.

Paul Okunieff, M.D., is the Marshall E. Rinker Sr. Foundation and David B. and Leighan R. Rinker chair and serves as director of the UF Shands Cancer Center and chair of the College of Medicine department of radiation oncology.

In May, leaders of our health system announced an exciting change. Our health system is no longer known as UF&Shands. We are now University of Florida Health, a new umbrella term that more accurately reflects the health system’s breadth of services and strong ties to the expertise housed within UF. As a result, we have a new name, too. We’re proud to announce that our center is now the UF Health Cancer Center.

So what does all this mean and how does it benefit our patients who entrust us with their care and the future patients we hope to help through our many research endeavors?

First of all, having a name more recognized and tied to the stellar reputation of the University of Florida helps boost the recognition of the entire health system. National name recognition helps us not only retain and recruit talented faculty members and researchers, it also helps boost our reputation with patients and the agencies that fund our research. The end result is better health care and better research — a win-win for all, but especially for our patients.

Improving the lives of our patients is also the goal of this issue of Believe in a Cure. On the following pages, we have turned our focus to screening and prevention for four of the most common types of cancer — colorectal cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer. We will introduce you to a patient whose life was saved by a colonoscopy and provide you with the latest information and tips on screening.

At the UF Health Cancer Center, we are devoted to finding better treatments and cures for cancer. But most importantly, we are committed to helping prevent cancer in the first place, when possible. We hope the information on the following pages will help our readers do just that.

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