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Koop featured speaker at UI lung cancer seminar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Dr. C. Everett Koop, former surgeon general of the United States, will visit the University of Iowa for a symposium on lung and esophagus cancer and the impact of smoking on public health.

Entitled "Thoracic Malignancies: Prevention, Early Diagnosis, and Treatment," the conference will be Friday, March 12 and Saturday, March 13 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

Health care professionals from throughout the Midwest are expected to attend the symposium, which will highlight new trials, future directions of therapy and public health issues related to tobacco use. Various specialists in the fields of cancer, public health, gene therapy and radiologic imaging will address the conference.

In addition, the public will hear Koop discuss public health and the tobacco lobby ("Anatomy of a Scandal") Friday evening at Hancher Auditorium, while junior high school children will be invited for a special dialogue with Koop on the hazards of smoking at noon Friday at Hancher. Both events are free.

Educational conference sponsors include the UI College of Medicine, the UI departments of surgery and internal medicine, the UI Cancer Center, and Bristol-Myers Squibb pharmaceutical company. The children's portion of the conference is sponsored by the Children's Hospital of Iowa at the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Cancer Center.

Persons interested in obtaining free tickets for Koop's Friday evening appearance should call the Hancher box office starting Monday, Feb. 1 (requests placed before Monday will not be honored). Callers may reserve a limit of six tickets per person. All tickets must be picked up in person. The Hancher box office phone number is (319) 335-1160.

Anyone interested in registering for the educational portion of the conference should call the UI Division of Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8599. Registration may also be completed through a Web site at