Cancer Prevention

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

Brief Overview of Prevention History, Strategies, Conquests, and Uncertainty

Discussion of the possibility and effectiveness of cancer prevention started generations ago. The progress in cancer prevention is a story of evolution in both science and public perception of rapidly progressing research, coupled with changing societal attitudes and beliefs. In the first quarter of the twentieth century, the idea of cancer control was not widely promoted (Breslow et al., 1977). The earliest references to “cancer control” appeared in 1913, when the American Society for Control of Cancer was formed, that in 1945 became the American Cancer Society (ACS) (New York City Committee, 1994). In 1937, cancer control was officially recognized, when the National Cancer Institute (NCI) was formed. The Surgeon General was authorized to act through this Institute and the National Cancer Advisory Council to “cooperate with state health agencies in the prevention, control, and eradication of cancer” (Hiatt...


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  • K.G. Manton
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  1. 1.Duke UniversityDurhamUSA

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