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Cancer Rates Hold Steady, But Outlook Improving In Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa - University of Iowa doctors believe the outlook for cancer is improving in Iowa. They made that announcement while releasing their annual "Cancer in Iowa" report Monday morning.

"We are making progress, not fast enough, but we are making progress," said Dr. George Weiner, director of UI's Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The latest report estimates 17,400 new cancers will be diagnosed among Iowa residents in 2014. Doctors estimate about 6,400 Iowans will die of cancer in in 2014.

Doctors say those rates have remained steady in recent years, but outcomes in younger patients have been improving. They have also noted decreases in mortality for many cancers.

Weiner urged vaccination for HPV related cancers. Weiner said kids between 11-12, both boys and girls, should be vaccinated.

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