Cancers in the Urban Environment

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Academic Press, Jul 21, 2004 - Medical - 656 pages
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This volume, the first of its kind ever, is designed to provide both laypersons and professionals with a detailed description of the occurrence of each common form of cancer in the ethnically, socially, and environmentally complex milieu of a modern urban complex. The place is Los Angeles County, and the patterns of 72 different malignancies are described according to race, age, sex, social class calendar time (since 1972) and most notably, individual neighborhood, using detailed maps of high risk.

The book permits residents to screen the malignancies and identify those of special concern locally, and to identify other communities with similar concerns. The pattern of each malignancy is briefly discussed with reference to background knowledge of causation and the degree to which the observed pattern was expected on that basis. Persons residing outside Los Angeles County will identify patterns likely to prevail in their own communities.

Physicians and scientific investigators in California and elsewhere can use the material provided to counsel patients and evaluate the consistency of any specific pattern of occurrence with each specific causal hypothesis. A detailed appendix describes the source of data, provides the basis for the choices made in the production of the volume, and gives a perspective on the search for “clusters of malignancy.

* Compares different types of cancers with respect to the degree of non-random occurrence
* Contains numerous maps detailing the demographic and geographic pattern of cancer occurrence in Los Angeles County
* Provides an empirical perspective to the search for disease "clusters"
 

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Contents

Chapter 7 Stomach NonHodgkin Lymphomas All NonHodgkin Lymphoma Types
539
Chapter 8 Other Gastrointestinal NonHodgkin Lymphomas All NonHodgkin Lymphoma Types
546
Chapter 9 Lymph NodeOther Organ NonHodgkin Lymphomas All NonHodgkin Lymphoma Types
553
Chapter 10 All Malignancies of InfantsToddlers
610
Chapter 11 All Malignancies of Older Children
617
Chapter 12 All Malignancies of Young Adults
624
Chapter 13 All Malignancies of Older Adults
631
Chapter 14 All Malignancies
638

Chapter 5 All NonHodgkin Lymphomas All NonHodgkin Lymphoma Types
468
Chapter 6 Central Nervous System NonHodgkin Lymphomas All NonHodgkin Lymphoma Types
532
Overall Summary
645
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Thomas M. Mack is an internationally renowned researcher specialized in the life style factors related to the development of cancer. He is founder of International Twin Registry, a continent-wide series of comparisons between patients with chronic diseases and their unaffected twins; and California Twin Program, an analogous program of studies among twins who differ in lifestyle or personal exposures and experiences.

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