This volume provides the most comprehensive and authoritative account of cancer epidemiology currently available. The long-awaited Second Edition has been greatly expanded and contains much new material on cancer biology, molecular epidemiology, preventive strategies and specific types and sites of cancer. It represents a systematic updating and expansion of its predecessor, while retaining a similar organization. No other source contains so much information on risk factors for cancer. New chapters describe the emerging methodology and applications of molecular genetics such as the stages in neoplastic development and molecular epidemiology in cancer prevention. The epidemiologic reviews of risk factors and causal mechanisms for specific types of cancer include new sections on anus, vagina, and vulva. Among the other new sections is a chapter on the principles and applications of cancer prevention. A critical and authoritative review of the complex issues in preventive oncology, this book will be invaluable in planning strategic preventive interventions at the community level, the workplace, the physicians office, or the clinic.
This second edition of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, edited by Drs. David Schottenfeld and Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., describes and discusses basic concepts of cancer, the magnitude of cancer, causes of cancer, and issues in cancer control, in addition to offering a separate chapter for each tissue of origin. "This edited work provides a systematic update and critical review of our current knowledge about cancer, which may serve to reduce morbidity and mortality from this disease. The chapters either review a particular issue in cancer research or they discuss up-to-date information for a particular cancer site. Extensive references guide the reader searching for details and more specific information. "This is a reference work for basic and clinical cancer researchers, teachers, students, public health officials, and health professionals in the cancer field. While every medical and research library needs a copy, public libraries may also want to put this book on their shelves as a reference for the educated public who is interested in cancer issues. "The book's appearance and print are pleasant. Despite the size, regular white paper and a reasonable font were used, producing a readable book. Summary tables offer an overview on research in the field. The number of illustrations might have been greater and some of the existing graphs could have been improved with computer graphics. "There is no question that this new edition was needed to replace the 1982 edition. Given the enormous task of covering the rapidly evolving field of cancer epidemiology and prevention, the two editors and more than 100 authors have produced an excellent work that has breadthand depth at the same time. The overlap of discussing the same issue as a general concept and as a contribution to a specific cancer site contributes to a better understanding of the problem.