Description

This volume, the first of its kind ever, is designed to provide both laypersons and professionals with a detailed description of the occurrence of each common form of cancer in the ethnically, socially, and environmentally complex milieu of a modern urban complex. The place is Los Angeles County, and the patterns of 72 different malignancies are described according to race, age, sex, social class calendar time (since 1972) and most notably, individual neighborhood, using detailed maps of high risk. The book permits residents to screen the malignancies and identify those of special concern locally, and to identify other communities with similar concerns. The pattern of each malignancy is briefly discussed with reference to background knowledge of causation and the degree to which the observed pattern was expected on that basis. Persons residing outside Los Angeles County will identify patterns likely to prevail in their own communities. Physicians and scientific investigators in California and elsewhere can use the material provided to counsel patients and evaluate the consistency of any specific pattern of occurrence with each specific causal hypothesis. A detailed appendix describes the source of data, provides the basis for the choices made in the production of the volume, and gives a perspective on the search for “clusters” of malignancy.

Key Features

* Compares different types of cancers with respect to the degree of non-random occurrence * Contains numerous maps detailing the demographic and geographic pattern of cancer occurrence in Los Angeles County * Provides an empirical perspective to the search for disease "clusters"

Readership

Epidemiologists, cancer registries, cancer investigators, chronic disease investigators, environmental scientists, and local and national government public health agencies.

Table of Contents

Anogenital Adenocarcinoma Anogenital Squamous Carcinoma Mixed Cell Genital Tumors Transitional (Non-Squamous) Bladder Carcinoma Squamous Bladder Carcinoma Renal Cell Carcinoma Wilms Tumors (Nephroblastoma) Retinoblastoma Brain Malignancies (Gliomas) Spinal Cord Malignancies Neurolemoma (Nerve Sheath Malignancy) Neuroblastoma Malignant Meningioma Follicular Carcinoma Of The Thyroid Papillary Carcinoma Of The Thyroid Other Carcinoma Of The Thyroid Pituitary Carcinoma Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia Carcinoma Of The Thymus Mixed Cellularity Hodgkin's Lymphoma Nodular Sclerosis Hodgkin's Lymphoma Other Hodgkin's Lymphoma All Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas (All Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Types) Follicular Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Diffuse Large B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Diffuse Small Lymphocytic Or Plasmacytic B-Cell Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Diffuse Mixed B-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma High Grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma T-Cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Maltoma Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Other Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma Central Nervous System Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas (All Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Types) Stomach Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas (All Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Types) Other Gastrointestinal Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas (All Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Types) Lymph Node/Other Organ Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas (All Lymphoma Types) Multiple Myeloma Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Hairy Cell Leukemia Acute Non-Lymp

Details

No. of pages:
656
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2004
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780124643512
Electronic ISBN:
9780080528465

About the authors

Thomas Mack

Thomas M. Mack is an internationally renowned researcher specialized in the life style factors related to the development of cancer. He is founder of International Twin Registry, a continent-wide series of comparisons between patients with chronic diseases and their unaffected twins; and California Twin Program, an analogous program of studies among twins who differ in lifestyle or personal exposures and experiences.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, U.S.A. Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pathology, Former Director of Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program

Thomas Mack

Thomas M. Mack is an internationally renowned researcher specialized in the life style factors related to the development of cancer. He is founder of International Twin Registry, a continent-wide series of comparisons between patients with chronic diseases and their unaffected twins; and California Twin Program, an analogous program of studies among twins who differ in lifestyle or personal exposures and experiences.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Southern California Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, U.S.A. Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pathology, Former Director of Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program

Reviews

"...the book is very approachable for the non-expert and shows both the complexity of geographic patterns of cancer and the ability to understand them...I would certainly recommend the book. I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in geographic patterns of cancer incidence and their interpretation...The book is very well written and is especially approachable for the lay reader." - Dr. Laurence Kolonel, M.D., Ph.D., Cancer Research Center of University of Hawaii at Manoa "Outstanding reference volume regarding cancer statistics in L.A. and the urban environment. Easy to read. Thumbnail summaries are useful. Outstanding reference book- every library should have a copy." -Dr. Johnathan Said, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Los Angeles, CA "...the whole book is beautifully produced. The writing style is clear and concise. I particularly appreciated the introductory sections, which provide a nice summary of the interpretation of small area statistics for non-specialists…I would warmly recommend the book to three groups of people: Health Department of L.A., who doubtless have to answer multiple queries about unusual cancer occurrences, Epidemiologists who wish to present small area health data, and Teachers of epidemiology." -Dr. D.M. Parkin, Chief, Unit of Descriptive Epidemiology, International Agency for Research on Cancer "To have a source of information like this is invaluable...The coverage of topics is extremely thorough. Every conceivable cancer type has been covered. The classifications used are modern and up to date even to a pathologist who deals with these diseases continuously. I found no gaps...The book will stay on my most accessible shelf and I will use it as my most facile and accurate resource...I would certainly buy this book and keep it as a treasured cancer research reference...I will tell my studen