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March 20, 2007

News Briefing On 'Cancer In Iowa: 2007' Is March 21

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., professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and medical director of the Iowa Cancer Registry, will present the report findings.

John Lowe, Dr.P.H., professor and head of community and behavioral health in the College of Public Health, will discuss cancer prevention through smoking cessation.

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.

Bruce Brown, M.D., associate professor of radiology, will be available to discuss virtual colonoscopy.

One or two individuals who have successfully quit smoking are scheduled to be available for comment.

Following the formal remarks and the Q&A session, Brown will lead a media tour of the virtual colonoscopy facility, including the opportunity to view the 16-slice CT machine used for virtual colonoscopy scans.

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 21.

WHERE: Rm. 4638 JPP on 4th floor of UI Hospitals and Clinics near elevator H.


DIRECTIONS: Park in Hospital Ramp No.2. Enter the Hospital and take elevator H to the fourth floor. Proceed through the double doors opposite the elevator to Rm. 4638.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new location for the cancer registry news conference.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Copies of "Cancer in Iowa: 2007" 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 2007 and lists the most common types of cancer. This year's report includes information on the progress toward cancer mortality goals of Health Iowans 2010.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT: Jennifer Brown, 319-335-9917