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Fundamentals of Cancer Epidemiology, Second Edition

Author(s): Phillip C. Nasca, PhD, Dean, School of Public Health, State University of New York, Albany, Albany, New York
Harris Pastides, PhD, MPH, President, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
  • ISBN-13: 9780763736187
  • ISBN-10:076373618X
  • Paperback    541 pages      © 2008
Price: $209.95 US List
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Using a unique framework, Fundamentals of Cancer Epidemiology, Second Edition, helps readers develop an in-depth understanding of the current body of knowledge on cancerwhat it is, how it is defined, how it develops in biological and genetic terms, which groups are at highest risk, and what causes it. The new edition has been thoroughly updated to include: 


  • New chapters on cancer screening, drugs and cancer, and childhood cancers.
  • Expanded sections on interactions between genetic and environmental risk factors.
  • Recent observations about the biology of normal cells and cancer cells and the implications for determining the etiology of various cancers.
  • New materials on cancer prevention strategies.
  • Expanded discussions about the public health implications of new scientific findings concerning the causes of various cancers.

Fundamentals of Cancer Epidemiology, Second Edition, is accompanied by downloadable PowerPoint slides.


Chapter 1: The Descriptive Epidemiology of Cancer
Chapter 2: Basics of Cancer Medicine
Chapter 3: The Biology of Normal Cells
Chapter 4: The Biology of Cancer Cells
Chapter 5: Experimental Studies
Chapter 6: Biomarkers and Epidemiological Studies of Cancer
Chapter 7: Genetics and Cancer
Chapter 8: Occupation and Cancer
Chapter 9: Tobacco and Cancer
Chapter 10: Alcohol and Cancer
Chapter 11: Ionizing, Nonionizing, and Solar Radiation and Cancer
Chapter 12: Infectious Diseases and Cancer
Chapter 13: Immunity and Cancer Risk
Chapter 14: Endogenous Hormones and Cancer
Chapter 15: Exogenous Hormones
Chapter 16: Diet and Cancer
Chapter 17: Childhood Cancers

Phillip C. Nasca, PhD-Dean, School of Public Health, State University of New York, Albany, Albany, New York

Harris Pastides, PhD, MPH-President, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina


  • "This is a very useful text which has benefited from updating. Particularly helpful are the thought questions following each chapter, which can serve as the basis for class discussions."
    —Robert C. Millikan, DVM, MPH, PhD, Professor, Department of  Epidemiology, University of North Carolina School of Public Health,  Chapel Hill

  • "This is an excellent choice for a course focusing on methods in cancer epidemiology, appropriate for students who have already had intro/intermediate epi courses."
    —Alison A. Evans, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Drexel School of Public Health

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ISBN-13: 9780763736187

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