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March 7, 2006

Program To Examine Cancer In Iowa, Calmar Region March 21

Cancer survival rates, the most common types of cancer in Iowa and the Calmar area, and those most at risk for the disease will be discussed at a March 21 program hosted by Northeast Iowa Community College. The program, "Cancer in Your County - Northeast Iowa," is free and open to the public.

Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., Iowa Cancer Registry (ICR) medical director and University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, will discuss cancer data for the Calmar region (Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties) and compare this information with the remaining counties in Iowa. The ICR is a statewide, confidential cancer surveillance program that monitors all Iowans newly diagnosed with cancer and follows them to determine their survival.

"Cancer is the second leading cause of death in Iowa," Lynch said. "People can reduce their risk for cancer through positive health practices such as smoking cessation, physical exercise, healthful dietary habits and alcohol consumption in moderation. Early detection through self-examination and regular health checkups can improve cancer survival."

The program will be held in the Wilder Learning Resource Center Auditorium at Northeast Iowa Community College, 1625 Highway 150 South, in Calmar. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. talk. Continuing education credit is available for selected health professions.

The event is co-sponsored by the UI College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association, in partnership with Northeast Iowa Community College.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling Northeast Iowa Community College at 563-562-3263 or toll-free at 800-728-2256, ext. 399 by March 17. Callers should refer to class #0004934 when registering. Walk-ins are also welcome.

More information about continuing education credit and the educational outreach programs can be found at

The statewide UI College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

CONTACTS: Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,; Program: Diana Baculis, 319-384-5485,