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University of Iowa News Release

June 24, 2004

Photos (from top): George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa; Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and medical director of the Iowa Cancer Registry

Weiner Chairs Iowa Consortium For Comprehensive Cancer Control

George Weiner, M.D., director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, has been selected as chair of the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control.

The consortium aims to reduce the burden of cancer in Iowa through prevention, early detection, effective treatment and ensuring quality of life. The consortium includes more than 100 health and other professionals representing nearly 50 agencies throughout the state. People who have survived cancer also participate in the consortium.

The effort receives grant support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, some of the organizational participants include the UI College of Public Health, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

"The consortium is a timely response to the significant need across Iowa to bring together groups and individuals whose goal is to reduce the pain and suffering caused by cancer," Weiner said. "We see much potential in so many dedicated people working collectively on this effort statewide.

"For the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, interaction with the consortium can help the center take scientific advances to the community, where they can really make a difference," he added.

Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., UI professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and medical director of the Iowa Cancer Registry, has been very involved with the consortium and serves on its executive committee.

He said the effectiveness of the consortium also depends on the cooperation and activism of the people of Iowa, who can proactively eliminate certain cancer risks.

"Thousands of cancer cases are related to improper diet and inactivity, as well as alcohol and tobacco use," Lynch said. "Iowans need to think about interventions for their lifestyle behaviors -- and intervene."

The consortium was formed in part due to a January 2002 report, "Face of Cancer in Iowa." A newer report titled "Changing the Face of Cancer in Iowa: A State Plan for 2003-2005" outlines the consortium's two-year comprehensive cancer control plan. The report is available online at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/common/pdf/publications/ccc_2003.pdf.

The last page of the report includes a list of members active in 2003; the consortium, however, has seen some membership changes since the list was compiled. An updated list will be available later this summer at the IDPH web site that will be devoted to the consortium.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer. Visit the center online at http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/.

PHOTO: A photo of George Weiner is available for downloading at http://www.int-med.uiowa.edu/Divisions/Photos/HemOnc/GeorgeWeiner.jpg. A photo of Charles Lynch is available for downloading at http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/images/faculty/charles_lynch.jpg.

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

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu