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Iowa Releases 2015 Statewide Cancer Report, Melanoma Highlighted

The State Health Registry of Iowa, based in the University of Iowa College of Public Health recently released “Cancer in Iowa: 2015,” its annual report on cancer estimates for the state. The report estimates 16,900 new cancers will be diagnosed among Iowa residents in 2015. In addition, an estimated 6,400 Iowans will die from cancer.


[Photo: Dr. Mary Charlton]

“Cancer and heart disease remain the leading causes of death in Iowa,” says Dr. Mary Charlton, assistant professor of epidemiology at the UI College of Public Health. “The distribution and frequency of the different types of cancer are similar to what we’ve seen in recent years.” According to Dr. Charlton, lung cancer will be the most common cause of cancer death for both males and females, accounting for one out of every four cancer deaths in Iowa.

The report includes county-by-county statistics, summaries of new research projects, and a section focused on skin melanoma.

While largely preventable, skin melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in Iowa and is the fifth most common cancer in both males and females. Experts say several factors have likely contributed to the increase, including increased early exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, heightened public awareness and earlier diagnosis.

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