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Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Lifeby Barbara Boughton
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A Co-publication of the American Cancer Society and Demos Health
Cancer experts say more people than ever before are now likely to develop the disease at some time, but due to early intervention, the chances of survival are also increasing. Co-published with the American Cancer Society, Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Life provides comprehensive information about how to reduce cancer risk organized around a 12-step action plan. Written by a patient-expert, a cancer research doctor and reviewed by the American Cancer Society, the book takes the reader from how to assess one's cancer risk on to the latest cutting edge research on lifestyle changes that can cut an individual's risk factors. Reduce Your Cancer Risk separates fact from fiction about cancer. The Most Up-to-Date Information On Personal risk assessmentLife style changes Preventive health strategies Genetic counselingPreventive anti-cancer medications The latest cutting-edge research
The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer, saving lives and reducing suffering through research, education, advocacy and service. Filled with the most-up-to-date information from the largest and most trusted voluntary health organization those with a cancer diagnosis, those whose lives have been touched by cancer, and those who are interested in preventative care will find Reduce Your Cancer Risk is an invaluable resource.
Book News Annotation:
Medical and health journalist and editor Boughton teams up with cancer researchers Stefanek to synthesize the current understanding of cancer risk into guidelines for general readers on reducing their own risk. The 12 chapters are not so much steps--in the sense of each following the last--as an array of recommendations, the more of which people can adopt the better. Among them are discovering your family history of cancer, protecting against skin cancer, leaving tobacco behind, which screening tests are best, pollution and everyday chemicals, medications and surgeries, staying healthy after cancer, and staying positive one day at a time. The American Cancer Society endorses the book. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Cancer experts say more people than ever before are likely to develop the disease at some time, but due to early intervention, the chances of survival are also increasing. Reduce Your Cancer Risk, copublished with the American Cancer Society, combines comprehensive information about how to reduce cancer risk organized around a 12-Step action plan. Written by a patient-expert, a cancer research doctor, and reviewed by the ACS, the book covers everything from how to assess ones cancer risk to the latest cutting edge research on lifestyle changes that can cut an individuals risk factors. Separating fact from fiction about cancer, the book presents advice for the average reader and those who have above-average or family risk for cancer. As well as discussing important lifestyle changes, it discusses preventive health strategies based on the latest research and guidelines from the American Cancer Society.
Co-published with the American Cancer Society, Reduce Your Cancer Risk: Twelve Steps to a Healthier Life provides comprehensive information about how to reduce cancer risk organized around a 12-step action plan. The book takes the reader from how to assess one's cancer risk on to the latest cutting edge research on lifestyle changes that can minimize an individual's risk factors. Reduce Your Cancer Risk separates fact from fiction about cancer.
About the Author
Barbara Boughton is an award-winning medical and health journalist and editor. A recipient of the Barbara Jordan Communications Award, her articles on health and medicine have appeared in national publications such as Consumer Reports, Alternative Medicine magazine and Better Homes and Gardens. As a specialist in reporting about cancer, she has been a regular contributor to the medical journals Lancet Oncology and Journal of the National Cancer Institute, and has been a contributing writer and editor for several magazines for cancer survivors, including MAMM, In Touch and Cure Today magazines. Her articles on cancer risk and cancer risk assessment have appeared in In Touch and Cure.
Ms. Boughton has been a contributor to the best-selling book Dr. Koops Self-Care Advisor and the book Smart Choices in Alternative Medicine.
She is currently a medical editor for Epocrates, a leading e-technology company that provides medical content for healthcare clinicians, downloadable onto PDAs and mobile devices. She is secretary of the northern California American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), and holds a certificate in medical writing and editing from AMWA. She is also an active member of the National Writers Union and the National Association of Science Writers.
Michael Stefanek, PhD, is the former Vice President of Behavioral Research and Director of the Behavioral Research Center of the American Cancer Society. He also spent almost a decade as Chief of the Basic and Biobehavioral Research Branch with the National Cancer Institute. He started his career with the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, where his research focused on psychosocial and behavioral oncology, and he has published extensively on issues related to women at high risk of developing breast cancer. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and has presented nationally and internationally in areas related to behavioral oncology.
Table of Contents
Cancer Science or Cancer Myths: How Do You Tell the Difference?; 1. What is Cancer Risk; 2. Assessing Your Cancer Risk: From the Web to Your Doctor's Office; 3. Playing Detective: Discovering Your Family History of Cancer; 4. Protect Yourself Against Skin Cancer; 5. A Powerful Anticancer Strategy: Physical Activity, Nutrition, and Avoiding Obesity; 6. Saving Your Life: Leaving Tobacco Behind; 7. Guarding Against Cancer: Staying Safe from Infection; 8. Guarding Against Cancer: Staying Safe From Infection; 9. The Environment Around Us: Get the Scoop on Chemicals, Pollution, and Everyday Products; 10. Making Decisions: Preventive Anticancer Medications and Surgeries; 11. When You Already Had Cancer: Steps You Can Take for Good Health; 12. Stress Busters: Staying Positive One Day at a Time; Conclusion: Putting it all Together; Appendix: Evaluating Scientific Evidence
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