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Introduction
by Karin Tucker

 

Section 1: Complexity in the Cause

1.1   Untangling the Roots of Cancer
        by W. Wayt Gibbs

1.2   How Cancer Arises
        by Robert A Weinberg

1.3   Retrovirus Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer
        by Katherine Harmon

1.4   Stem Cells: The Real Culprits in Cancer?
        by Michael F. Clarke & Michael W. Becker

1.5   A Malignant Flame
        by Gary Stix

1.6   Evolved for Cancer?
        by Carl Zimmer

1.7   Mapping the Cancer Genome
        by Francis S. Collins & Anna D. Barker

 

Section 2: Early Detection: What About Screening?

2.1   Beyond Mammograms: Research Aims To Improve Breast Cancer Screening
        by Nancy Shute

2.2   Why I Won’t Get a Colonoscopy
        by John Horgan

2.3   The Great Prostate Cancer Debate
        by Marc B. Garnick

 

Section 3: Homing in on Targeted Therapies

3.1   A New Ally Against Cancer
        by Eric von Hofe

3.2   The Cancer Defense
        by Karen Weintraub

3.3   Cancers Off Switch
        by Jedd D. Wolchok

3.4   Cancer Immunotherapy: The Cutting Edge Gets Sharper
        by Christine Gorman

3.5   Cancer Drugs Hit Their Mark
        by Dina Fine Maron

3.6   Virus Therapy for Cancer
        by Douglas J. Mahoney, David F. Stojdl and Gordon Laird

 

Section 4: Minimizing Risk

4.1   Fruits and Veggies Don’t Help Much
        by Katherine Harmon

4.2   The FDA’s Sunscreen Regulations: Will They Help?
        by Sophie Bushwick

4.3   A Healthy Lifestyle Reduces Women’s Breast Cancer Risk
        by Katherine Harmon

4.4   HPV-Positive Cancers Spreading among the Middle-Aged
        by Katherine Harmon

4.5   Can We Truly “Cure” Cancer?
        by Dina Fine Maron

 

The Science of Cancer

The past few years have seen tremendous strides in our understanding of cancer, including new hypotheses about its genetic origins and new treatment alternatives using the body’s own immune response. In this eBook, The Science of Cancer, we examine what we know and what we’re finding out about this scourge of humankind. We delve into the molecular basis and complex causes of cancer, the arguments for and against screenings, minimizing risk, and several new and targeted therapies, including homing in on stem cells, making use of viruses, and making use of vaccines to jump-start the immune system.

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