CANCER SUMMIT: Working For A Better Future

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The government shutdown may hold back new clinical trials but it`s not stopping a non-profit from holding its annual Iowa Cancer Summit.

George Weiner is the president of the Iowa Cancer Consortium - the non-profit hosting the summit at the Mercy Cancer Center.

He says he hopes the shutdown ends soon so the clinical trials can resume.

Organizers say this summit gives cancer advocates a chance to exchange the best practices in cancer prevention, detection, and treatment.

Medical director for the Mercy Medical Cancer Center Richard Deming says, “This really spans the entire horizon of preventing cancer and also looking at systems and environments to promote healthy living, which will reduce the burden of cancer.”

Health officials say basic health habits, like not smoking, eating healthy and regular exercise alone could prevent a third of all cancers.