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The link between heredity and cancer is an area that is receiving increasing attention. Cancer in families represents an intriguing opportunity, not only to investigate mechanisms of tumor biology and transmission, but also to develop strategies for cancer screening with the goals of early detection and prevention of cancer.
This book summarizes the First International Research Conference on Familial Cancer, held in Basel in September 1985. This multiauthored volume covers an impressive range of topics, including hereditary aspects of breast cancer, ovarian and gastrointestinal cancer, neural crest tumors, childhood leukemia/lymphoma, multiple endocrine neoplasia syndrome, and some aspects of cancer statistics. Previous important monographs that have covered some of these areas include "Heredity and Cancer" (Seminars in Oncology, vol. 1, March 1978), and Genetics of Human Cancer (edited by J Mulvihill, New York, Raven Press, 1977).
As the volume is a collection of summaries of presentations and discussions, its breadth is