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UI Cancer Information Service celebrates anniversary with new booklet

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Cancer Information Service (CIS) is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gift for all Iowans - a new comprehensive cancer prevention booklet.

The booklet, "Cancer Prevention: What You Need to Know," is available free of charge from the CIS at 1-800-237-1225.

Containing information on cancer risk factors, early detection, prevention and cancer research, the booklet gathers the combined expertise of the physicians and health care professionals of the UI Cancer Center on topics such as diet and nutrition, heredity, hormone replacement therapy, pesticides, cancer screening guidelines, and ongoing cancer studies. It was created based on the questions heard most often at the CIS.

The new booklet is yet another way the CIS has responded to its charge of sharing cancer expertise from the UI with Iowa and the nation. Since the service's launch in 1987, CIS staff have responded to more than 47,000 calls from across Iowa and the U.S. for information on cancer diagnosis, treatment, prevention and research. In its effort to expand Iowans' knowledge about cancer, the CIS has distributed more than 850,000 pieces of free literature over the past decade.

"Cancer patients and their families call to get basic information about their disease and to search for information to supplement what they receive from their own physicians," says Joan Felkner, CIS program assistant. "We're able to access cancer information from various resources and perform research for patients and family members, as well as physicians and other health care professionals. This includes using the World Wide Web and other resources, such as health care agencies."

CIS staff also set up educational exhibits throughout the year at professional conferences, health fairs and other events.

"The Cancer Information Service is an important vehicle for carrying the UI's cancer expertise across the state and across the nation," says Dr. Robert Wallace, director of the UI Cancer Center. "Physicians and health care professionals from the UI College of Medicine and the UIHC are able to share their knowledge with a much broader audience thanks to the CIS."

For more information about cancer and the CIS, call 1-800-237-1225.