The Ottumwa Courier

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February 20, 2014

UI to host Mini Medical School in Ottumwa on cancer

OTTUMWA — The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine will host a Mini Medical School program on skin cancer on Monday in the Rural Health Education Center on the Indian Hills Community College campus, 525 Grandview Ave.

About 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. Melanoma is the most dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer and is the leading cause of death from skin disease. There is an immediate need for new ways to combat melanoma's resistance to typical cancer treatments, and researchers at the University of Iowa are on their way to finding answers.

UI melanoma specialist Mohammed Milhem, MBBS, clinical associate professor of internal medicine, and Kris DeMali, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and dermatology will present "Saving Your Skin: Advances in Melanoma Research and Treatment," focusing on what melanoma is, who is at risk and why. They will also discuss new ways to both prevent and treat melanoma, as well as promising new research breakthroughs.

Check-in and reception, including a light meal, will be from 5-6 p.m. The Mini Medical School program will run from 6-7:30 p.m.

Mini Medical School is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and reservations are required To register, call 319-335-8886 or toll free 877-MED-IOWA. Online registration is available at http://www.medicine.uiowa.edu/minimedicalschool.

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