Chapter

Irreversible Discrete Disease Processes: Silica and Lung Cancer

Thomas J. Smith and David Kriebel

in A Biologic Approach to Environmental Assessment and Epidemiology

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780195141566
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199872145 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195141566.003.0015
Irreversible Discrete Disease Processes: Silica and Lung Cancer

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The introduction to discrete irreversible processes in Chapter 13 noted that there are two important examples of groups of diseases that follow this pattern: immune sensitization and carcinogenesis. Unfortunately, much less is known about the intermediate steps in sensitization, and few examples of biologically based models have been applied to studies of immune diseases in humans, as was noted. This chapter discusses carcinogenesis, which has been more extensively studied.

Keywords: lung cancer; carcinogenesis; silica

Chapter.  6070 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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