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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 15, 2004

Colon Cancer Screening Effort Honored

Members of the Johnson County Cancer Coalition will receive an "Iowa Shines" award from Iowa Lt. Gov. Sally Pedersen today at 11:30 a.m. in the Johnson County Public Health offices at 1105 Gilbert St. in Iowa City. 

The coalition won the award after it conducted its first-ever free community colon cancer screening in November 2004 for uninsured and under-insured persons. Members of the coalition include the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, the American Cancer Society, Mercy Hospital, the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic, the Visiting Nurse Association and the Johnson County Public Health Department.

"This was a very gratifying project," said Joan Felkner, administrative coordinator of the Cancer Information Service (CIS) at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Everyone, from Peg Young in Digestive Diseases to Dr. Robert Summers, who agreed to waive his fee to do the colonoscopies on those with positive results, was very supportive." The CIS also provided the consent forms for the screening event in both English and Spanish. 

The Johnson County Cancer Coalition plans to repeat the screening in March 2005 during Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. For more information, contact the Cancer Information Service at 319-356-3000 or toll free at 800-237-1225.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

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STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009.

CONTACTS: Media: Sher Hawn, Johnson County Public Health, 319-356-6040; Writer: Tom Moore