In the United States, one in every three people will develop cancer in his or her lifetime, and one in every five people will die of it. By the year 2000, cancer will be the leading cause of death in the nation, surpassing heart disease. Science, however, is beginning to recognize that 50 to 80 percent of all human cancers are potentially preventable. And when exposure to certain risk factors is eliminated, the chances of contracting the disease are greatly reduced. This startling fact is the basis for Changing the Odds, an invaluable resource that allows anyone - patient, care provider, or general reader - to integrate today's most up-to-date cancer research into their own lives. Using over 2,000 primary sources and references, this in-depth examination of cancer presents a clear-eyed view of what has often been a confusing and contradictory disease.
Evaluating major cancer-causing agents such as diet, lifestyle, family history, radiation, viruses, and chemical exposure, Changing the Odds clarifies what is known - and unknown - to authorities in the field. This resource analyzes and determines the importance of more than 200 risk factors, as well as the frequency of related cancers. It also indicates how seriously some sources and statistical surveys on the subject can be taken, noting those inconsistencies in research methods that have often produced questionable results.
Although the discovery of a tumor in a dinosaur bone more than 140 million years old indicates that cancer is not a new cause for concern, Changing the Odds is a new source of hope for people today. Far-reaching topics in this invaluable guide include how frequently those disposed to certain forms of cancer should go for a checkup, as well as easily implemented strategies to reduce the likelihood of developing the disease. Based on hundreds of articles published by prominent scientists in leading medical journals, Changing the Odds allows anyone to gain a thorough understanding of cancer, from private preventative measures to public health policies.