What You Need to Know about Cancer: A Scientific American Special Issue

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Now Scientific American sorts out cancer fact from fiction in What You Need to Know About Cancer. Written by some of the world's leading experts, these brief, clear essays present medical science's most crucial insights into cancer, from causes, preventions, and treatments through specific diseases to expectations for the future in the fight against cancer.

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Overview

Now Scientific American sorts out cancer fact from fiction in What You Need to Know About Cancer. Written by some of the world's leading experts, these brief, clear essays present medical science's most crucial insights into cancer, from causes, preventions, and treatments through specific diseases to expectations for the future in the fight against cancer.

"Coverage includes prevention, causes, and treatments for cancer...explains the advantages of early detection, therapies of the future, and the psychological changes and challenges of living with the disease."

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  • ISBN-13: 9780716731023
  • Publisher: Freeman, W. H. & Company
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 173
  • Product dimensions: 7.22 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Headway Against Cancer
1 How Cancer Arises 3
2 How Cancer Spreads 15
3 What Causes Cancer? 25
4 Strategies for Minimizing Cancer Risk 37
5 Chemoprevention of Cancer 45
Current Controversy: Is Hormone Replacement Therapy a Risk? 51
6 Advances in Cancer Detection 55
7 Advances in Tumor Imaging 65
Current Controversy: Should Women in Their 40s Have Mammograms? 69
Current Controversy: Does Screening for Prostate Cancer Make Sense? 71
8 Advancing Current Treatments for Cancer 77
Current Controversy: When Are Bone Marrow Transplants Considered? 85
Fact Sheet: Twelve Major Cancers 89
9 Immunotherapy for Cancer 101
10 New Molecular Targets for Cancer Therapy 113
11 Fighting Cancer by Attacking Its Blood Supply 123
12 Cancer's Psychological Challenges 131
13 Alternative Cancer Treatments 137
14 Controlling the Pain of Cancer 141
Current Controversy: What Are Obstacles to Ideal Care? 145
Finding More Information 147
The Authors 149
Bibliography 153
Sources of the Photographs 157
Index 159
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