Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Cancer Control

Academic journal article Perspectives in Public Health

Cancer Control

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Cancer Control Edited by J. Mark Elwood and Simon B. Sutcliffe. Published by Oxford University Press, 2010. Hardback 496pp. Price £55.00. ISBN 978 0 19 955017 3

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide with more than 70% of all cancer deaths occurring in low- and middle- income countries (WHO http://www.who.int/cancer/ en/ accessed 16 Nov 2010). In 2005, the 58th World Health Assembly were alarmed by the rising trends of cancer risk factors, the number of new cancer cases, and cancer morbidity and mortality worldwide, particularly in developing countries. Its resolution on cancer prevention and control, adopted in 2005, called upon Member States to intensify action against cancer by developing and reinforcing cancer control programmes (WHO http://www.who.int/cancer/ eb1143/en/index.html accessed 16 Nov 2010). Recently, cancer control has crept up the political agenda.

This book provides an overview of cancer control. It covers prevention, early diagnosis, optimal treatment, and supportive and palliative care. It focuses mainly on viewpoints on key areas from a developed country perspective but includes worldwide viewpoints. The first chapter, ' Cancer control and the burden of cancer', written by the editors, sets the scene well, and genuinely attempts to inform the reader, demystify terms and explain data, highlighting potential pitfalls that may occur in its understanding. …

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