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Iowa Cancer Facts Now At Your Fingertips

September 21, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa – With the help of the Iowa Department of Public Health, the Iowa Cancer Consortium, and the Iowa Health Registry, the American Cancer Society (ACS) Iowa chapter has compiled a reference booklet that contains the latest facts and figures about cancer in the state.

Lorrie Graaf, director of health care partnerships with the ACS Iowa chapter, says the first-of-its-kind document contains a little bit of everything.

"We begin with some basic facts and then, we talk a little bit about cancer in Iowa, and we have a section on cancer prevention. In that, we look at tobacco, radon, nutrition, alcohol, ultraviolet radiation, those types of things."

In addition, she says, they look at specific types of cancer, including the financial burden each type has on the state. Graaf predicts it will help document the state's progress in fighting cancer and believes it will be of use to almost everyone.

"People with cancer, health care and public health professionals, advocates, policymakers and others may find the book useful when seeking some detailed information, that's easy to read, about cancer in Iowa."

For now, copies of Iowa Cancer Facts and Figures are available through the ACS office. Eventually, it will also be available on the Iowa Cancer Consortium's website, canceriowa.org.

Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA