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Kwabi-Addo, Bernard
Cancer causes and controversies : understanding risk reduction and prevention / Bernard Kwabi-Addo and Tia Laura Lindstrom
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2011
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 4th Floor  RC263 .K89 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Cancer -- Risk factors -- Popular works
Cancer -- Treatment -- Popular works
Physical Description xx, 241 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-231) and index
Contents pt. I: Risk factors for commonly diagnosed cancer diseases. Bladder cancer -- Brain cancer -- Breast cancer -- Cervical cancer -- Colorectal cancer -- Esophageal cancer -- Gastric cancer -- Head and neck cancer -- Leukemia and lymphoma -- Liver cancer -- Lung cancer -- Ovarian and endometrial cancers -- Pancreatic cancer -- Prostate cancer -- Skin cancer -- Occupation-associated cancer -- pt. II. Behaviors and controversies. Nutrition and cancer -- Body weight and cancer -- Immune system and cancer risk -- Controversies concerning cancer screening's benefits and disadvantages -- Controversies surrounding dietary supplements and foods for cancer prevention -- Controversies regarding commonly perceived risk factors and cancer -- Conclusion
Summary This book offers clear, accessible information on the causes of cancer and the multiple ways people can reduce their risk for this insidious disease. What causes cancer? The American Cancer Society predicts that one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of the disease, yet hereditary or genetic predisposition accounts for less than ten percent of those cases. What triggers the other nine-tenths? Are efforts to reduce the occurrence of cancer working? This volume gathers the latest research and understanding about the causes of cancer and methods of preventing the disease. It describes common risk factors associated with particular types of cancer, including genetic predisposition, radiation and chemical carcinogens, diet, hormonal factors, infection, and smoking. The book then looks at the scientific evidence supporting the positive role of healthy nutrition, exercise, and diet in lowering cancer risk, as well as the dangers posed by a dysfunctional immune system compromised by chronic infection, unhealthy lifestyles, stress, and poor psychological health. Finally, the book provides an unbiased assessment of a number of controversies surrounding cancer causes and prevention, including screening and genetic testing, vitamin supplementation, genetically modified foods, chemical food additives, and cellular phones and deodorants as potential cancer-causing agents
Alternate Author Lindstrom, Tia Laura

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