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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 19, 2005

Program To Focus On Cancer In Iowa, Ft. Dodge Region Nov. 3

Cancer survival rates, the most common types of cancer in Iowa and the Ft. Dodge area, and those most at risk for the disease will be discussed at a Nov. 3 program hosted by Iowa Central Community College.

Charles Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., Iowa Cancer Registry (ICR) medical director and University of Iowa professor of epidemiology, will discuss cancer data for the Ft. Dodge region (Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas, Sac, Webster and Wright counties) and compare this information with the remaining counties in Iowa. The ICR is a statewide, confidential cancer surveillance program that monitors all Iowans newly diagnosed with cancer and follows them to determine their survival.

The free public program will be held in the Career Education Conference Room (room 108) at Iowa Central Community College, 330 Ave. M, in Fort Dodge. A reception and registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the 6 p.m. talk. The event is co-sponsored by the UI College of Public Health and the UI Alumni Association, in partnership with Iowa Central Community College and Trinity Regional Medical Center.

Individuals interested in attending the program are asked to register in advance by calling 319-384-5485. Walk-ins also are welcome.

The statewide UI College of Public Health Educational Outreach Series is funded, in part, by a grant from Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Iowa. More information about the educational outreach programs can be found at www.public-health.uiowa.edu/outreach/eops/.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Debra Venzke, 319-335-9647, debra-venzke@uiowa.edu; Program: Diana Baculis, 319-384-5485, diana-baculis@uiowa.edu