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Release: Oct. 11, 2001

Public invited to Oct. 25 seminar on breast cancer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Area residents are invited to hear University of Iowa Health Care experts discuss "The Fight Against Breast Cancer" at a free community seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Clarion Conference Center, 1220 First Ave. in Coralville.

This program is part of the "Health For Your Lifetime" series presented by UI Health Care.

This program will present a comprehensive overview of breast cancer and will include discussion of breast cancer and its causes and symptoms, prevention and advances in treatment options, and the latest in breast cancer research.

The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session. Presenters are:

-- Carol Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., professor and head of the UI department of surgery;

-- Peter Jochimsen, M.D., professor in the UI department of surgery and director of surgical oncology at UI Hospitals and Clinics;

-- Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., professor and head of the UI department of anatomy and cell biology and deputy director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI.

According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the most common type of cancer (other than skin cancer) among women in the United States. More than 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. The exact causes of breast cancer are not known. Studies show that the risk of breast cancer increases as a woman gets older. Most breast cancers occur in women over age 50, and the risk is especially high for women over age 60.

The disease is rare but not unheard of in men. Every year more than 1,000 American men are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Pre-registration for this program is encouraged. For more information, or to register, call (319) 384-8442 or toll-free at (800) 777-8442.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.