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Release: March 24, 2000

UI Health Care specialist to lead online chat on breast cancer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., professor and head of the University of Iowa department of surgery and a staff surgeon with University of Iowa Health Care, will lead an hour-long, online question-and-answer discussion on breast cancer with a nationwide audience from 2 to 3 p.m. (CST) Monday, March 27.

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

Breast cancer is the leading form of cancer diagnosed in women in America. This year more than 175,000 women will learn for the first time that they have the disease, and more than 43,000 women will lose their lives because of it. However, when breast cancer is detected early and treated promptly, suffering and ultimately the loss of life can be significantly reduced. Routine screening mammography is the single most effective method to detect breast changes that may be cancer, long before physical symptoms can be seen or felt. Unfortunately, the fear of discovering breast cancer, or the lack of information, health insurance, transportation or childcare, may prevent many women from taking advantage of this important medical service.

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, Ky. 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.