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21st Century Understanding Cancer Toolkit: Cancer Clusters, Carcinogenesis, Cancer and the Environment, Studies of Suspected Clusters, Interaction of Environmental Factors and Genes

Cancer Clusters, Carcinogenesis, Cancer and the Environment, Studies of Suspected Clusters, Interaction of Environmental Factors and Genes

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This e-book presents a thorough review of the subject of cancer clusters, with authoritative information from the nation's cancer experts. A cancer cluster is defined as a greater than expected number of cancer cases that occurs within a group of people, in a geographic area, or over a period of time. A person may suspect that a cancer cluster exists when several loved ones, neighbors, or coworkers are diagnosed with cancer. However, what appears to be a cluster may actually reflect the expected number of cancer cases within the group or area. When considering the possible existence of a cancer cluster in your area, it is important to remember a few key facts: 1) cancer is a common disease, affecting about one in four people in their lifetime; 2) the term cancer refers not to a single disease, but instead to a group of related yet different diseases; 3) a cancer cluster may be due to chance alone, like the clustering of balls on a pool table; and 4) an apparent cancer cluster is more likely to be genuine if the cases consist of one type of cancer, a rare type of cancer, or a type of cancer that is not usually found in an age group. Conveniently organized contents include: Cancer Clusters - Key Points * Role of the National Cancer Institute in Addressing Cancer Clusters * CDC on Cancer Clusters * The Status of Cancer Cluster Activities at CDC (as of January 2006) * Genetic Studies of Childhood Leukemia in Churchill County, Nevada * Studies of Childhood Leukemia in Sierra Vista, Arizona * An Update on Cancer Cluster Activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention * Research Article - Infectious Etiologies of Childhood Leukemia: Plausibility and Challenges to Proof * Cancer and the Environment * Cancer Prevention Overview * Overview of Cancer Prevention for Professionals * An extensive supplement provides background data on cancer; information on how to find resources in your own community; questions and answers about cancer; cancer information sources; and facing forward - life after cancer treatment. * This is a privately authored news service and educational publication of Progressive Management. For over a quarter of a century, our news, educational, technical, scientific, and medical publications have made unique and valuable references accessible to all people. Our e-books put knowledge at your fingertips, and an expert in your pocket!