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Hans-Olov Adami, David Hunter, and Dimitrios Trichopoulos

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311174

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311174.001.0001

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Accomplishments in Cancer Epidemiology

Accomplishments in Cancer Epidemiology

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(p.3) 1 Accomplishments in Cancer Epidemiology
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Textbook of Cancer Epidemiology
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Brian Macmahon

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311174.003.0001

Epidemiology has made an effective contribution to the knowledge necessary for cancer prevention, both as an independent discipline and in partnership with other sciences. New large scale studies are being designed and put in the field to increase epidemiologic knowledge. However, it would be unfortunate if the recitation of accomplishments in this chapter were taken as an invitation to complacency. In the unlikely event that all of the advances described here were to come to full fruition—that is, if morbidity and mortality from cancers of the lung, ionizing radiation, known occupational carcinogens, and cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, stomach, cervix, and liver were to be eliminated—the incidence of cancer would be reduced by about 20% and mortality by about 35%. Cancers of the breast, endometrium, ovary, prostate, bowel, pancreas, and brain, as well as the leukemias and lymphomas would remain as major cause of morbidity and mortality.

Keywords:   epidemiology, cancer prevention, cancer incidence, cancer mortality, cancer morbidity

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