Cancer Causes and Controversies
Understanding Risk Reduction and Prevention
by Bernard Kwabi-Addo and Tia Laura Lindstrom
July 2011, 241pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37928-4
$49, £37, 41€, A70
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What causes cancer? The American Cancer Society predicts that one in two men and one in three women in the United States will be diagnosed with some form of the disease—yet hereditary or genetic predisposition accounts for less than ten percent of those cases. What triggers the other nine-tenths? Are efforts to reduce the occurrence of cancer working?

This book offers clear, accessible information on the causes of cancer and the multiple ways people can reduce their risk for this insidious disease.

Like no other work, this much-needed volume gathers the latest research and understanding about the causes of cancer and methods of preventing the disease—and makes it all clear and accessible to the general reader.

Cancer Causes and Controversies: Understanding Risk Reduction and Prevention describes common risk factors associated with particular types of cancer, including genetic predisposition, radiation and chemical carcinogens, diet, hormonal factors, infection, and smoking. The book then looks at the scientific evidence supporting the positive role of healthy nutrition, exercise, and diet in lowering cancer risk, as well as the dangers posed by a dysfunctional immune system compromised by chronic infection, unhealthy lifestyles, stress, and poor psychological health. Finally, the book provides an unbiased assessment of a number of controversies surrounding cancer causes and prevention, including screening and genetic testing, vitamin supplementation, genetically modified foods, chemical food additives, and cellular phones and deodorants as potential cancer-causing agents.


  • Primary source materials derived from original scientific work including the National Resources for Molecular Biology (National Center for Biotechnology Information public database) and Cancer Research UK
  • International scientific manuscripts and reviews in the field of cancer research from peer review journals
  • Resources for more information on cancer (websites, association, centers, books)
Bernard Kwabi-Addo, PhD, is assistant professor of cancer research and a principal investigator at Howard University, Washington DC. Kwabi-Addo has written many scientific publications in top peer-review journals. He has received several scientific awards, including the American Association for Cancer Research minority serving institution faculty scholar award.

Tia Laura Lindstrom is a freelance writer. She has an interest in health issues and coauthored Praeger's An Introduction to the Work of a Medical Examiner: From Death Scene to Autopsy Suite. Lindstrom is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.


"Cancer researcher Kwabi-Addo (Howard Univ.) and writer Lindstrom have authored a useful work geared to general readers. The introduction provides an excellent overview of the history and causes/effects of cancer from a biological perspective."—Choice, February 1, 2012
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