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Public health assessment of genetic predisposition to cancer

Steven S. Coughlin and Wylie Burke

in Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195128307
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199864485 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128307.003.0009

Series: Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics

Public health assessment of genetic predisposition to cancer

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This chapter focuses on cancer prevention and control. Topics discussed include genetic polymorphisms and cancer susceptibility, breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, colorectal cancer susceptibility genes, lung cancer genetic susceptibility, prostate cancer genetic susceptibility, and melanoma genetic susceptibility. Studies of genetic susceptibility to common cancers highlight the need for additional population-based molecular epidemiologic research to define better the contribution of genetic factors to cancer, and to examine interactions with environmental factors amenable to preventive interventions.

Keywords: cancer prevention; public health; genetic susceptibility; cancer; environmental factors

Chapter.  9327 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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