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March 4, 2009

News briefing on 'Cancer In Iowa: 2009' is March 9

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., medical director of the Iowa Cancer Registry and professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health, will present the report findings and explain the importance of cancer data sources.

George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI and president of the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control, will discuss additional aspects of the value of cancer data.

Barcey Levy, M.D., Ph.D., professor of family medicine at the UI Carver College of Medicine and physician with the Family Care Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics, will discuss colorectal screening.

Following the formal remarks and the Q&A session, the presenters and a local individual who has survived colorectal cancer will be available for one-on-one interviews. There also may be an opportunity to visit a nearby UI cancer research laboratory.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday, March 9, 2009

WHERE: Kelch Conference Room, room 1289, located in the Carver Biomedical Research Building (CBRB) on the UI Health Sciences campus. The nearest parking is Newton Road Ramp (see map below) located on Newton Road. Enter the Lower Level of CBRB at its east end (right side on map, where arrow is pointing on the map) and take the nearby elevator or stairs to the first floor.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Copies of "Cancer in Iowa: 2009" 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 2009 and lists the most common types of cancer.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Care Media Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319-335-6660,