This superb text gives a concise, systematic account of what is currently known about the epidemiology and primary prevention for most forms of human cancer. Early chapters summarize the principles and methods of epidemiology, the biology of cancer, cancer genetics, the emerging potential of biomarkers, and the burden of cancer around the world. Then chapters of uniform structure on over 20 types of cancer provide clinical and pathological outlines, descriptive epidemiology, and a comprehensive account of risk factors and their etiological importance. Specific sections address somatic and germ cell mutations that play a role in the occurrence of particular forms of cancer.
Reviewer:Michele Marie West, PhD(University of Iowa College of Public Health)
Description:This book provides a basis for understanding the causes of cancer, with the ultimate goal of working toward the primary prevention of cancer. This edition expands upon the previous version, published five years earlier, in the area of genetic and molecular epidemiology and includes a new introductory chapter on the evolution of cancer epidemiology.
Purpose:The purpose is to update the area of genetic and molecular epidemiology with the goal of increasing the health professional's understanding of the causes of cancer. This book is intended for healthcare professionals who recently have entered the field of scientific inquiry. It provides a nice summary of the basic concepts in epidemiology, as well as descriptive epidemiology, genetic and molecular epidemiology, and risk factors by cancer site. This is a well written book for those working in the area of cancer prevention and control.
Audience:The authors intend this book for students of epidemiology, medicine, public health, biology, and the behavioral sciences, and for practitioners of medicine, public health, and other health professions. It provides a good introduction to the field of cancer epidemiology on many levels.
Features:The book defines measures of cancer burden, provides a background in genetic and molecular epidemiology, and discusses concepts important in study design. The second half provides information by cancer site including clinical synopsis, descriptive epidemiology, and risk factors. The continuity in layout of the chapters by cancer site allows readers to easily find information so they can then formulate summaries on topics such as common risk factors.
Assessment:This is an excellent book on cancer epidemiology for those new to the field. It provides a nice background section and reiterates the concepts important to study design. The chapters by cancer site are concise and well written to provide health professionals with the information they need for work in their own areas in cancer prevention. This second edition is a nice update, in particular on the advances in genetic and molecular epidemiology over the past five years.