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From The CriticsReviewer: Willem J de Villiers, MD, PhD, MHCM (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This guide to the prevention, early detection, and management of colorectal cancer was well received when the first edition was published in 2002. It was well written, easy to read, up to date, well organized, and appropriately illustrated. All these accolades still apply to this second edition, an update necessitated by the rapid rate of development in the various fields in colorectal cancer.
Purpose: The book provides the clinician in practice with up-to-date, easily digestible information on the primary and secondary prevention of large-bowel neoplasia. Colorectal cancer is one of the major malignancies affecting Westernized societies and is, moreover, both preventable and treatable. This is therefore an important topic and the authors incorporate recent advances in knowledge about lifestyle (dietary) and genetic risk factors, neoplasia genetic pathways, colorectal screening modalities, and therapies in this second edition.
Audience: The authors are world authorities on the topic of colorectal neoplasia prevention. The book is aimed at a wide healthcare audience, including primary care physicians (family physicians and internists), surgeons, gastroenterologists, oncologists, and public health personnel.
Features: The book contains 10 short, easy to read, well illustrated chapters, each dealing with a pertinent question regarding primary or secondary prevention of colorectal cancer. These deal with the scope of the problem and its presentation, an overview of associated risk factors, and the biology of colon cancer development. Subsequent chapters discuss the importance of diet in prevention and whether specific nondietary and dietary agents may be effective. Familial colorectal cancer and its management are then described, as well as the follow-up of premalignant conditions and screening strategies for early colorectal neoplasia. The penultimate chapter deals with management following cancer detection. I especially enjoyed the discussion in the last chapter on the pros and cons of population-based colorectal cancer preventive strategies and the quest to improve patient compliance with screening.
Assessment: This is a welcome update and carries on in the same laudable vein as before: an easy to read, no-nonsense, authoritative guide for healthcare personnel in clinical practice on colorectal cancer prevention, early detection, and management.