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Cancer: A Very Short Introduction

Cancer: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By James, Nick

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In 1961 John F. Kennedy pledged to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade. Nine years later, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. Ten years later, Richard Nixon echoed this pledge by declaring a 'war' on cancer. More than 30 years later, however, cancer rema...ins one of the largest causes of death worldwide, with around 1 in 3 developing the disease. Curing cancer is not 'rocket science', but the question is, why has cancer proved to be harder to tackle than the moon landings turned out to be? Cancer research is a major economic activity. There are constant improvements in treatment techniques that result in better cure rates and increased quality and quantity of life for those with the disease, yet stories of breakthroughs in a cure for cancer are often in the media. In this Very Short Introduction Nick James, founder of the CancerHelp UK website, examines the trends in diagnosis and treatment of the disease, as well as its economic consequences. Asking what cancer is and what causes it, he considers issues surrounding expensive drug development, what can be done to reduce the risk of developing cancer, and the use of complementary and alternative therapies.
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ISBN 9780199560233
Released NZ 26 Aug 2011
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
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ISBN-13 9780199560233
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 26 Aug 2011
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By James, Nick
Series Very Short Introductions
Category Medicine
Popular Medicine
Number of Pages 152
Dimensions Width: 118mm
Height: 173mm
Spine: 9mm
Dewey Code 616.994
Weight 126g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Family & Health: General
ONIX Text General/trade