Prevention of Cancer (The Biology of Cancer) by Robert G. McKinnell

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He was particularly powerful in linking lung cancer to smoking because, as a chest surgeon, he saw the effects of smoking on the lungs close up and first hand. The initial report on smoking and health of the Surgeon General of the United States was in 1964, a quarter of a century after Dr. Ochsner’s clinical studies and 10 years after Ochsner’s 1954 book, Smoking and Cancer: A Doctor’s Report. Not a bad career for a boy born in a sod house on the prairie. of the great medical cost of smoking, which should be borne by smokers; recall that failure to collect appropriate tobacco taxes are a subsidy to the smoker and to the tobacco industry.

Particularly vulnerable are girls and women who had sexual intercourse early in life, who have had many sexual partners, and whose sexual partners in turn have had many sexual partners. Women who smoke, who have a poor diet, or who have other sexually transmitted diseases are similarly thought to be at increased risk. In contrast, cervical cancer is rare in women younger than 20, among women who abstain from sex (such as nuns with their celibate life) and women who have had but one sexual partner who, in turn, had but one sexual partner.

It derives its name from the outer layer of the skin epithelium plus the term carcinoma. Squamous cells are scale-like cells that ordinarily flake off and are lost. An individual with repeated exposure to ultraviolet radiation is vulnerable. People with transplanted organs who are on immunosuppressive drugs have an increased risk for both the cancer and its spread (metastasis). ” This is probably due to the fact that both are considerably less lethal than malignant melanoma. Malignant Melanoma This form of skin cancer was once thought to be rare.

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