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University of Iowa Media Advisory

Feb. 27, 2006

News Briefing On 'Cancer In Iowa: 2006'

WHAT: The annual "Cancer in Iowa" report issued by the State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

WHO: Charles F. Lynch, M.D., Ph.D., professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and medical director of the Iowa Cancer Registry, will present the report findings.

Timothy Ryken, M.D., associate professor of neurosurgery in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics, will discuss this year's focus: brain tumors.

George Weiner, M.D., chair of the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI and the C.E. Block Chair of Cancer Research, is also scheduled to speak.

An individual who was treated for a brain tumor is scheduled to be available for comment.

Following the formal remarks and a Q&A session, Laurie Smith, UI administrator in radiation oncology, will lead a tour for reporters of the clinical area, including a demonstration of one of the advanced linear accelerators.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 1, 2006

WHERE: Radiation Therapy Conference Room (Room No. 01600) in the Center of Excellence in Image-Guided Radiation Therapy, which is in the lower level of the West Addition. The building is located at Melrose Avenue and Hawkins Drive -- between Pomerantz Family Pavilion and Kinnick Stadium.

MAP: http://www.uihealthcare.com/infofor/patients/directionsnew/index.html

Park in Hospital Ramp No. 2 and walk toward the valet parking for Pomerantz / West Addition. As you are facing these connected buildings, enter the revolving door on the right marked "West Addition." Take elevator "N" (or the winding stairs) down one floor to the lower level, where you will be directed by UI public relations staff to the conference room.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a new location for the cancer registry news conference.

PARKING: First choice for parking is Hospital Ramp 2, located across from Kinnick and accessible from Hawkins Drive. Second choice is Hospital Ramp 4 -- however, you must use enter this ramp from Hawkins Drive, not from Melrose (that entrance is reserved for family care patients).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Copies of "Cancer in Iowa: 2006" and CD-ROMs (for reporters only) of maps/figures from the report will be available at the conference. The report includes estimates of cancer diagnoses and deaths in Iowa for 2006 and lists the most common types of cancer. This year's report includes a feature on malignant and non-malignant brain tumors.

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