Every Woman's Handbook for Preventing Cancer: More Than 100 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Risk

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A woman's guide to preventing cancer outlines common risk factors, lists cancer-fighting foods, explains how to make a home safer, prescribes helpful dietary changes, presents cooking tips, and profiles estrogenic chemicals. Original.

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A cancer-information specialist at New York's Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, as well as a cancer survivor herself, Altman brings to this work the same assertiveness that imbued her earlier Waking Up/Fighting Back: The Politics of Breast Cancer. This book, however, is intended more for reference than continuous reading. To help women take responsibility for their health by recognizing and thus avoiding?or least reducing?their risk factors for cancer, Altman describes risks according to their site of origin (in the body, in the home and workplace and in the environment), listing them in three alphabetical sequences. The first section, which is the most extensive, lists both risk factors (e.g., age, barbecued foods and fertility drugs) and preventative measures (e.g., eating cruciferous vegetables and having pelvic exams). This mix may at first confuse casual browsers. The following two sections list only risk factors, e.g. asbestos, radon, carcinogenic chemicals, second-hand smoke and other hazards. Every entry in this action-oriented book ends with a what-to-do advisory. Appendices list cancer-treatment centers, information sources and activist organizations.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Altman discovered a lump in 1976, lost a breast to that malignancy, then suffered a recurrence of cancer in 1981, which led her to undergo chemotherapy, make a major reassessment of her life, and investigate the available material on breast malignancies. Since then, skin cancers have afflicted her, she has researched cancer risk factors, and all her experiences have eventuated in this thorough overview on risk-factor assessment and prevention. Its three user-friendly sections take up risk factors in the body, in the home and the workplace, and in the environment, respectively, in dictionary encyclopedia style, defining and discussing such subjects as alcohol, artificial sweeteners, asbestos, fertility drugs, heredity, radon, exposure to sunshine, and X rays. Altman also outlines the cancers most commonly affecting women and provides appendixes listing organizational and other resources by both category and location and comprehensive cancer centers alphabetically by state. Whitney Scott

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