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Sept. 14, 2006

Program To Examine Cancer In Iowa, Sioux City Area Set For Sept. 21

Cancer survival rates, the most common types of cancer in Iowa and the Sioux City area, and the groups most at risk for the disease will be discussed at a Sept. 21 program in Sioux City. The program, "Cancer in Your County -- Northwest 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 the June E. Nylen Cancer Center and CAFE Iowa Citizen Action Network.

The program will be held in the Sioux City Convention Center, 801 4th St. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 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 Sioux City region (Buena Vista, Cherokee, Crawford, Ida, Monona, O'Brien, Plymouth, Sac, Sioux and Woodbury 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 asked to register online by Sept. 18 through St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Sioux City at or by calling 319-384-8417. Walk-ins are also welcome. Free continuing education credit is available for nurses (Iowa Board of Nursing Approved Provider #40; CEUs 0.12).

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: Program: Laurie Walkner, 319-335-6836; Media: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647,

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