Schottenfeld and Fraumeni Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, 4th Edition

ISBN: 9780190238667
ISBN-10: 0190238666
Copyright: 2018
Edition: 4th
Editor: Thun, Michael J., Linet, Martha S., Cerhan, James R., Haiman, Christopher A., Schottenfeld, David,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 98
Reviewer: Natalie Del Vecchio,  MS, BS  (University of Iowa College of Public Health)
This is a comprehensive summary of relevant and emerging cancer topics, including genetics and biology of cancer, incidence and mortality, risk factors and causative agents, overviews by individual cancer type, and methods for prevention and control of cancer.
The authors indicate that the purpose is to provide a wide-ranging reference for researchers in the field of cancer epidemiology and prevention. A comprehensive reference for cancer and oncology researchers is certainly a worthwhile and valuable contribution to the field, and the book includes enough detailed, current, and important information to be used as such.
The intended audience is researchers in cancer epidemiology and/or preventive oncology. Given the broad scope of topics, the well-written summaries, and the relevant and topical concepts, the book could be recommended as an appropriate and highly useful resource for any students or research scientists interested in the impact of cancer at the population level. The contributing authors are prominent scholars in the field, with chapters often written by preeminent experts in the specialty or focus area.
The opening chapters provide an excellent foundation for the understanding of the biological and genetic considerations of cancer, and how biomarkers and epigenetic concepts can be used to study the disease. The book also provides detailed information on a variety of frequently studied and highly interesting risk factors for cancer, as well as in-depth summaries of cancer by type. The authors highlight new and prominent observational studies as evidence or examples, often citing publications from the last five years, and point out areas of emerging interest in the field.
While the topics in this book are so thoroughly covered that experienced cancer epidemiologists will likely stumble across new material, the book also provides enough background information and definitions of terms for even early-career students to find it useful. This edition is clearly substantially updated, providing insights on new findings and a focus on emerging topics of interest. This will easily serve as a go-to resource for those working in the field of cancer epidemiology.
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