Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society (Colditz, Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society)

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The Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society is the first multivolume resource to define the issues that surround cancer and its effects on society. With more than 750 entries, these three volumes help students, practitioners, and researchers navigate through the terminology and concepts to better understand how cancer affects us way beyond the medical conditions that are regrettably more than obvious. The scope of the Encyclopedia encompasses the relative individual and societal aspects of cancer, from the latest research from the National Cancer Institute to studies on alternative diet and nutrition treatments.

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*Starred Review* Cancer kills more than six million people worldwide each year. The fact that many cancers are the result of lifestyle and environmental factors means that prevention is possible. This encyclopedia takes on the ambitious task of examining the possibilities for preventing cancer by reducing risk factors within societies and the environment. Editor Colditz, a physician at Washington University School of Medicine, has assembled an international group of contributors from universities, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The multidisciplinary approach gives this work a unique perspective. Each volume begins with an “Atlas of Cancer” containing color illustrations showing how normal tissue becomes cancerous and how cancer spreads in the body. Volume 1 has a brief chronology of the history of cancer treatment and research from ancient Egypt through 2005. More than 750 alphabetical entries cover topics related to the social and business aspects of cancer (Cost of therapy, Pollution, Western diet); types of cancer (AIDS-related cancers, Hairy cell leukemia); individuals who have made key contributions to our understanding of cancer (Carson, Rachel; Terry, Luther); traditional and alternative therapies and treatments (Biologic therapy, Herbs, Surgery); known or suspected carcinogens or causes (Acrylic rubber and fibers, Age, Tobacco smoking); and prevention (Screening, access to; Vaccines). One group of entries discusses major hospitals and treatments centers, such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Another focuses on associations, from the American Cancer Society to the Spanish Society of Oncology Nursing. More than 120 entries are devoted to cancer in different parts of the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Though most entries are very readable, a few rely heavily on medical terminology. A glossary and a very detailed index are repeated in each volume. A bibliography of books and journals and an appendix with U.S. cancer statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute complete the work. The Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society provides a broad picture of cancer as a part of contemporary life in all regions of the world. This public-health perspective with an emphasis on prevention is unique and distinguishes the encyclopedia from other reference works, such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer: A Guide to Cancer and Its Treatments (2d ed., 2005). An excellent addition to academic, health-sciences, and large public libraries. --Barbara Bibel

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“The focus of this multivolume work (1,616 pages) is the role of health care providers, regulatory agencies, and individuals in reducing the burden of cancer by modifying risk factors and improving patterns of risk. In an excellent introduction, editor Colditz points out that about 50 percent of cancers are preventable; his goal is to improve readers’ understanding of the potential for prevention and of strategies that minimize cancer’s burden on society. The encyclopedia includes some 750 entries, ranging from cancer causes to treatment options, and from organizations that deliver care to world-renowned centers that engage in cutting-edge cancer research. In volume 1, a chronology highlights the scientific and technological developments that have contributed to the growth of cancer research and to profound changes in lifestyles and societies. Each volume contains a listing of articles, a roster with professional affiliations, and a color ‘Atlas of Cancer’ with well-labeled illustrations. This set also includes a resource guide listing books, journals, and Internet sources that deal with various aspects of cancer. The appendix provides a good statistical overview of cancer rates by race and state, and a glossary is adapted from the National Cancer Institute’s online glossary. Although other reference works are available on a wide range of cancer treatments and research topics, this work goes beyond the provisions of information on medical conditions to help readers better understand the impact of behavioral change on cancer prevention. Summing Up: Recommended. All levels.”
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"The Encyclopedia of Cancer & Society provides a broad picture of cancer as a part of contemporary life in all regions of the world. This public-health perspective with an emphasis on prevention is unique and distinguishes the encyclopedia from other reference works, such as The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer: A Guide to Cancer and Its Treatments (2d ed., 2005). An excellent addition to academic, health-sciences, and large public libraries."
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