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Cancer Precursors

THOMAS E. ROHAN, DONALD E. HENSON, EDUARDO L. FRANCO and JORGE ALBORES-SAAVEDRA

in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195149616.003.0003
Cancer Precursors

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The term “cancer precursor” refers to specific morphologic changes that precede the development of cancer. Knowledge of the etiology of cancer precursors varies considerably by anatomic site. In part, this might reflect the relative inaccessibility of a site to tissue sampling (e.g., ovary and pancreas) and hence the difficulty of detecting and diagnosing precursors at that site. This chapter describes some of the more well studied sites, for which there is substantial knowledge of the histopathology, epidemiology, and natural history.

Keywords: precursor lesions; cancer development; cancer risk; morphologic changes; etiology of cancer

Chapter.  29579 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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