International Patterns of Cancer Incidence and Mortality


in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Third edition

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780195149616
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865062 | DOI:
International Patterns of Cancer Incidence and Mortality

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This chapter considers the patterns of cancer mainly with respect to what they tell us of differences in the risk of cancer among populations and the possible explanations for them. Information on the burden of disease has a different, albeit related, use during the planning and monitoring of programs of cancer control. The main role of cancer surveillance in this context lies in the assessment of the current magnitude of the cancer burden and its likely future evolution as well as monitoring the effects of early detection/screening, treatment, and palliative care.

Keywords: cancer risk; incidence of cancer; magnitude; burden of disease; cancer control

Chapter.  24968 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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