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March 20, 1996

Cancer Prevention and Control

Author Affiliations

University of South Carolina Charleston

JAMA. 1996;275(11):881. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530350063038

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The application of sound scientific practices to cancer prevention and control is relatively recent, but an enormous amount of data has already accumulated that supports the preventability of cancer. The editors of Cancer Prevention and Control have taken on the arduous task of compiling all the available current information into a book that will be a good reference source for all readers interested in this field.

The book begins by introducing the reader to the history of cancer prevention and control. Dr Greenwald provides historical perspectives complete with the establishment of the two largest cancer control organizations, the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. The book is then logically organized into six sections. The first, appropriately entitled "The Burden of Cancer," describes in vivid detail the magnitude of the cancer problem in terms of statistical rates and economic impact. A chapter is devoted to cancer patterns in minorities