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March 19, 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY: News briefing on 'Cancer in Iowa: 2010' is March 24

WHAT: The annual "Cancer in Iowa" report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

WHO: Charles F. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the State Health Registry of Iowa and professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health, will present the report findings and discuss the report's special focus on cancer and heart disease death rate trends.

George Weiner, M.D., director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI and president of the Board of Directors for the Iowa Cancer Consortium, will discuss cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

An additional UI faculty member will discuss cancer issues from a physician's perspective, as well as from his personal experience.

Following the formal remarks and the Q&A session, the presenters will be available for one-on-one interviews. There also will be an opportunity to visit the UI DNA Facility, a research laboratory located in the same building. The lab tour will be led by Kevin Knudtson, Ph.D., director of the DNA Facility.

WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 24

WHERE: Seebohm Conference Room, Room 283, located in the John W. Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB) on the UI Health Sciences campus. The nearest parking is Newton Road Ramp located on Newton Road. To reach EMRB, walk up the sidewalk along the Medical Education Research Facility -- the sidewalk is where the large red arrow is on the map (link below). Look for a media escort by the sculpture of columns that have men's heads on the ends. Or enter EMRB at the door to the left of the columns and take the elevator up one floor. Exit to your right and you will be at the conference room.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Copies of "Cancer in Iowa: 2010" 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 2010 and lists the most common types of cancer.

WEB CAST: This news conference will be available via live webcast for remote news media. To register for the webcast, visit: The report and news release will be available for webcast viewers at 10 a.m. March 24.

STORY SOURCE: The University of Iowa College of Public Health Office of Communications and External Relations, 4257 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

MEDIA CONTACT: Hannah Fletcher, 319-384-4277,