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Increasing the Contribution of Epidemiology to the Primary Prevention of Cancer

BEVERLY ROCKHILL and DOUGLAS WEED

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/9780195149616.003.0068
Increasing the Contribution of Epidemiology to the Primary Prevention of Cancer

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This chapters aims to stimulate critical and creative thought about the role that epidemiology can, and should, play in preventing cancer. It presents four suggestions for increasing the contribution that epidemiologists can make to the primary prevention of cancer: that epidemiologists should commit to prevention, and preventive intervention, as central professional goals; be willing to develop the understanding of cancer causation and prevention from a population perspective as well as from an individual perspective; accept uncertainty as the “normal” state and be vigilant about the risk of paralysis that uncertainty brings to action; and broaden the concept of causal inference so that the process is useful for primary prevention.

Keywords: cancer prevention; cancer burden; epidemiologists; primary prevention

Chapter.  14333 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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