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University of Iowa Media Advisory

March 18, 2005

Photo: Charles F. Lynch

News Briefing On 'Cancer In Iowa: 2005'

WHAT: The annual "Cancer in Iowa" report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

WHO: Charles F. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology and medical director of the Iowa Cancer Registry, will present the report findings.

Richard Williams, M.D., the Ruben H. Flocks Professor of Urology and professor and head of urology, and Badrinath Konety, M.D., assistant professor of urology, will discuss prostate cancer.

George Weiner, M.D., chair of the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI and the C.E. Block Chair of Cancer Research, is also scheduled to speak.

In addition to the physician-speakers, one or more individuals affected by cancer are scheduled to be available for comment.

Researchers in the J. Hayden Fry Center for Prostate Cancer Research at the UI will also be available.

WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2005

WHERE: Seebohm Conference Room, 283 Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB), on the UI campus.

Parking lots located near 283 EMRB are: (1) Hospital Ramp I. Walk east along the north side of the General Hospital to reach the EMRB entrance; and (2) Newton Road parking lot. Walk south past the Medical Education and Research Facility to reach EMRB.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Copies of "Cancer in Iowa: 2005" and CD-ROMs (for reporters only) of maps/figures from the report will be available at the conference. The report includes estimates of cancer diagnoses and deaths in Iowa for 2005 and lists the most common types of cancer. This year's report includes a feature on prostate cancer.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660