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Cancer Contra Human: Cohabitation with Casualties?

  • K.G. Manton
  • Igor Akushevich
  • Julia Kravchenko
Part of the Statistics for Biology and Health book series (SBH)

Endless Assault: Prehistory and History of Human Cancer

When writing about cancer, it is difficult to avoid the military terminology, both in telling the story of single cancer patients and in studying the problem at a population level. The books’ titles remind us of messages from battlefields or reports of an FBI agent (e.g., several most recent books: “The Secret History of the War on Cancer”, “The Breast Cancer Wars…”, “The War on Cancer: An Anatomy of Failure”, and even “Cancer Wars: How Politics Shapes What We Know and Don’t Know About Cancer” and “Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War” (Davis, 2007; Lerner, 2003; Faquet, 2005; Proctor, 1995; Epstein, 2005)). That warfare started from the first steps of humankind. A popular opinion is that cancer is the price human pay for civilization. However, cancer is not a disease of our modern industrialized age. The origins of cancer go back far into the evolutionary time. Direct evidence shows how cancer was manifested in...

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Cancer Death Rate Stomach Cancer Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Lung Cancer Death Rate Cancer Morbidity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K.G. Manton
    • 1
  • Igor Akushevich
    • 1
  • Julia Kravchenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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