Life's Delicate Balance / Edition 1

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With breast cancer rates soaring, Life's Delicate Balance defines and documents many causes highlighting means to prevention.
Applicable to other cancers as well, this book is being published at a critical time. Patients, their families, environmental activists, physicians, attorneys, and all of those working toward prevention will find this book interesting, informative, and insightful.

"...defines and documents the synergistic relationship between nuclear radiation and chemical pollutants from the environment as the major cause of the cancer epidemic in our times."

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Writing for the general reader, Sherman, a practicing internist and the author of Chemical Exposure and Disease, explores the numerous associations between environmental pollution and breast cancer. Her investigation specifically targets hormones (natural and synthetic), radiation (including mammography), and toxic chemicals as prime historical and current cancer-causing agents. Undoubtedly, Sherman's text will prove controversial as the scientific jury is still out on exactly how to prevent cancer and precisely how and when the genetic changes that result in malignancy occur. Rachel Carson introduced the public to the links between pollution and breast cancer in her groundbreaking Silent Spring (1962). Few readers today will be unaware of pollution's public health implications, so this book best serves as a continued clarion call to clean up the environment. Overall, it is well written and provides a riveting account of corporate and institutional (mis)investments in the Cancer Wars. Recommended for public libraries.--Gail Hendler, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Ctr. Lib., New York Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560328704
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 3/2/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 All Life Is Connected: Cancer in humans and wildlife 1
2 The Delicate Balance of Life: How cancer grows 6
3 Risks for Breast Cancer: We all are at risk 11
4 Breast Cancer Diagnosis: Mammographic and other methods 30
5 Radiation: From Bikini Island to Long Island 42
6 Radiation: Nuclear and x-ray 57
7 Hormones One: Human and animal pharmaceuticals 88
8 Hormones Too: False hormones 109
9 Tamoxifen: Chemical manipulation 133
10 Post-Menopausal Hormone Replacement: Questions and risks 155
11 The Genetic Connection: Biology and economic and social ramifications 162
12 The Breast Cancer Epidemic on Long Island 177
13 Diseases in Men: Breast, prostate, and testicular cancer, and sperm abnormalities 190
14 Questions, History, Ethics, and Morality: The global marketplace 203
15 The Cancer Movement: Independent, sold-out, or bought-up? 216
16 What the Citizen Can Do: Personal choices and political actions 230
17 Sources of Information and Action: Knowledge is power 238
Index 257
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