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UI Cancer Information Service celebrates anniversary with new booklet
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Cancer Information Service (CIS)
is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a gift for all Iowans - a new comprehensive
cancer prevention booklet.
The booklet, "Cancer Prevention: What You Need to Know," is available
free of charge from the CIS at 1-800-237-1225.
Containing information on cancer risk factors, early detection, prevention
and cancer research, the booklet gathers the combined expertise of the physicians
and health care professionals of the UI Cancer Center on topics such as diet
and nutrition, heredity, hormone replacement therapy, pesticides, cancer screening
guidelines, and ongoing cancer studies. It was created based on the questions
heard most often at the CIS.
The new booklet is yet another way the CIS has responded to its charge of
sharing cancer expertise from the UI with Iowa and the nation. Since the service's
launch in 1987, CIS staff have responded to more than 47,000 calls from across
Iowa and the U.S. for information on cancer diagnosis, treatment, prevention
and research. In its effort to expand Iowans' knowledge about cancer, the
CIS has distributed more than 850,000 pieces of free literature over the past
"Cancer patients and their families call to get basic information about
their disease and to search for information to supplement what they receive
from their own physicians," says Joan Felkner, CIS program assistant.
"We're able to access cancer information from various resources and perform
research for patients and family members, as well as physicians and other
health care professionals. This includes using the World Wide Web and other
resources, such as health care agencies."
CIS staff also set up educational exhibits throughout the year at professional
conferences, health fairs and other events.
"The Cancer Information Service is an important vehicle for carrying
the UI's cancer expertise across the state and across the nation," says
Dr. Robert Wallace, director of the UI Cancer Center. "Physicians and
health care professionals from the UI College of Medicine and the UIHC are
able to share their knowledge with a much broader audience thanks to the CIS."
For more information about cancer and the CIS, call 1-800-237-1225.