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Oct. 12, 2006

Cancer In Iowa, Ames Area Is Topic Of Oct. 26 Program

Cancer survival rates, the most common types of cancer in Iowa and the Ames area, and groups most at risk for the disease will be discussed at an Oct. 26 program in Ames. The program, "Cancer in Your County - Central Iowa," is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association, in partnership with Mary Greeley Medical Center and HOMEWARD Home Health.

The program will be held in the Bessie Myers Auditorium at Mary Greeley Medical Center, 1111 Duff Ave., in Ames. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 to 7:30 p.m. talk.

Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., Iowa Cancer Registry (ICR) medical director and UI professor of epidemiology, will discuss cancer data for the Ames region (Boone, Hamilton, Hardin, Marshall and Story 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."

Individuals interested in attending the program are requested to register in advance by calling 515-239-2038 or by following the "Classes and Events" link online at Walk-ins are also welcome. Free continuing education credit is available for nurses.

More information about 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: Laurie Walkner, 319-335-6836