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Release: March 15, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on breast problems

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa professor and head of surgery and a specialist with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on diagnosis and management of breast problems during pregnancy and lactation with a nationwide audience from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. (CST) Thursday, March 16.

The online chat will be hosted by and can be accessed by entering through the home page under "Upcoming Events."

The physiologic changes associated with pregnancy and lactation make it difficult to recognize, diagnose and treat new breast pathology. Common symptoms such as persistent pain and cracking in the nipple or a painful swelling, redness or warmth in one breast could mean infection or a blocked milk duct. Sometimes during this period, lumps become apparent which could represent a non-cancerous growth or cyst, or possibly a more serious problem such as breast cancer.

Scott-Conner received her medical degree and completed her surgical residency at New York University School of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in Lexington and her MBA from the Else School of Management at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. She joined the UI faculty in 1995.

Scott-Conner is the author of two books, has served as editor for another and is presently working on three more books. She is the author or co-author of more than 100 papers, 24 chapters, 69 abstracts and several articles on the Internet. She serves on the editorial boards of three journals, is the book review editor of one journal and is the co-editor of one journal.

Her research interests include biliary and pancreatic disease, breast disease, familial juvenile polyposis and its relation to the development of gastrointestinal cancer, obstructive jaundice, laparoscopic surgery, and computer models and applications to surgical care and surgical education.

A calendar of other upcoming chats by UI Health Care professionals and dialogue from past chats can be accessed by logging on to and clicking on the logo at the bottom of the page.

UI Health Care's partnership with is part of an increasing trend in health care toward enhancing consumer services through the Internet. According to recent statistics compiled by Cyber Dialogue, a New York firm that tracks Internet commerce, there are approximately 22 million World Wide Web users seeking health information over the Internet. Cyber Dialogue projects that number to increase to 33 million over the next year.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.