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Release: March 10, 1999

Tickets available for Koop's visit to UI lung cancer seminar

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Free tickets are still available for former United States Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's presentation Friday at a symposium on lung and esophageal cancer and the impact of smoking.

Dr. Koop will discuss public health and the tobacco lobby in a lecture entitled, "Anatomy of a Scandal" at 8 p.m. Friday at Hancher Auditorium on the University of Iowa campus.

Persons interested in obtaining tickets should call the Hancher box office at (319) 335-1160. Callers may reserve a limit of six tickets per person. All tickets must be picked up in person.

The symposium, "Thoracic Malignancies: Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Treatment," is being held Friday and Saturday at the Iowa Memorial Union.

Health care professionals from throughout the Midwest are expected to attend the symposium, which will highlight new trials, future directions of therapy and public health issues related to tobacco use. Various specialists in the fields of cancer, public health, gene therapy and radiologic imaging will address the conference.

Educational conference sponsors include the departments of surgery and internal medicine in the UI College of Medicine, and the UI Cancer Center. The Children's Hospital of Iowa, UI Hospitals and Clinics, and the UI Cancer Center sponsor the children's portion of the conference. Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Company is contributing major financial support.

Anyone interested in registering for the educational portion of the conference should call the UI Division of Continuing Medical Education at (319) 335-8599. Registration may also be completed through a Web site at http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/Intranet/cmep/ThoracicConf/ThoracicReg.html.