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A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention Hardcover – October 2, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609618858
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609618858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Radiologist Cuomo deems the war on cancer a stalemate at best. Her opening sentence is a salvo: “The system designed to study, diagnose, and treat cancer in the United States is fatally flawed.” She believes the expectations of actually curing the disease have been replaced by a clinical resignation to living with it as a chronic illness along the lines of diabetes or hypertension. She’s not happy with the triad of treatment options for cancer—surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, satirized as “cut, poison, and burn.” Cuomo finds fault with their toxicity, expense, and often minimally beneficial long-term results for individuals with advanced malignancies. She cites one study showing that cancer patients who received palliative care survived about three months longer, with less depression, than those who obtained standard therapies. She offers recommendations emphasizing prevention. Change behaviors linked to a raised risk of cancer. Lower exposure to medical radiation and environmental contaminants. Get cancer-preventing vaccines. Consider screening for selected types of the disease. In sum, Cuomo makes a convincing case for changing the culture of cancer. --Tony Miksanek

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''A grippingly insightful game plan to eradicate cancer . . . We need to hear and heed Dr. Cuomo's advice.'' --Mehmet Oz, MD, New York Times bestselling author

''Two things that I have learned since beginning my nutrition journey are, first, a healthy lifestyle that is good for your heart is also good for all your organs and also helps prevent many forms of cancer. Second, if we do not become more aggressive with prevention strategies, then whatever healthcare system we adopt will be overwhelmed by chronic disease including cancer. That is why I strongly support Dr. Cuomo's timely and very important message. Three cheers.'' --Arthur Agatston, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The South Beach Diet

''A World without Cancer is an eye-opening look at the way we fight cancer. Margaret Cuomo's call for bold leadership to transform our system from treatment to prevention is urgent, powerful, and sure to start a national conversation.'' --Arianna Huffington

''Dr. Cuomo challenges us to think in new ways about making disease prevention a national priority.'' --David A. Kessler, MD, for FDA commission and author of The End of Evereating

''A harsh view of current efforts to battle cancer, certain to alarm patients and anger many researchers and clinicians.'' --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Thank you, Dr. Cuomo for being an advocate for us all.
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Having read The Emperor of All Maladies, I wanted to read another book on cancer that comes at things from a different perspective.
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This is an excellent book and very well written in language that anyone can comprehend.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By S.T. on October 15, 2012
Format: Hardcover
"A World Without Cancer" has given me a list of simple changes I am beginning to make to reduce my exposure to harmful chemicals in my personal grooming & cleaning products, and in my lifestyle choices. From eliminating shampoos, creams, and makeup with four harmful additives, to switching to dry cleaning that doesn't use harmful chemicals (surprisingly easy to find), to storing my foods in glass containers, I am viewing the many suggestions as an ongoing project in my life for myself and my family. Dr Cuomo offers suggestions for diet, including specific ingredients, water, supplements, medical testing, cell phone use, and medicines, just to name a few. This book is invaluable, and I expect I will be referring to it for many years to come. Thank you, Dr. Cuomo for being an advocate for us all.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JF on October 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Cuomo's book, "A World Without Cancer", is a multi-faceted look at the US system "designed to study, diagnose, and treat cancer" and, as stated in the first sentence of this powerful and ambitious book, which "is fatally flawed." Dr. Cuomo poses a fundamental question about why there is not more emphasis on prevention (read: funding) rather than treatments.

As a seasoned radiologist, Dr. Cuomo offers a rare insight into both her own experiences with patients, as well as explaining, in lay terms, the "haunting statistics" of cancer despite the vast amount of research funding (she cites that the NCI has spent some $90 billion on research and treatment in the last 40 years) and science behind cancer. The book also contains countless stories of cancer patients which are "haunting" and all-too representative of stories that each of us have experienced directly, through loved ones, or through friends.

The book's structure makes it both a very human history of a very complicated disease and one that explains the basic science around it. It also suggests ways in which each individual can limit their potential cancer risk though behavioral and environmental changes - which should be essential reading for everyone. Throughout this fascinating discussion, Dr. Cuomo offers a way forward which is both inspiring and surprisingly hopeful. This is essential reading which hopefully will lead to needed discussions and debates about the next phase of the fight against cancer.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Loyd E. Eskildson HALL OF FAME on October 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Radiologist and author Cuomo reports that 41-years and $90 billion dollars into the War on Cancer were still seeing over 1,500 deaths/day from it. (Some 260 nonprofits have spent another $2.2 billion.) Why? She believes is because we don't focus enough on prevention, the direction that would benefit us most. Existing research shows we can prevent half of all cancers with what we already know. Yet, the National Cancer Institute is spending $2.3 billion this year on research to understand and treat cancer, and just $232 million on prevention. Meanwhile, tobacco companies still spend over $10 billion/year on cigarette advertising. Obesity, poor diet, and lack of exercise account for 30% of cancers, but high-fructose corn syrup, cornstarch, etc. receive more federal subsidies than fruits and vegetables.

Some of the most expensive new cancer drugs (eg. $100,000 for a single course) are hailed as 'lifesaving' breakthroughs, yet extend life by just weeks.

The American Cancer Society set a goal in 1996 of reducing the incidence of cancer by 25% by 2015. A 2007 progress report found a decline of just 0.6%/year, far less than required to achieve that goal. The cancer death rate has undergone a slightly greater decline - about 1%/year since 1990, on target for a 23% reduction by 2015. Meanwhile, the costs of cancer treatment (estimated $125 billion in 2010) are projected to hit $207 billion by 2020.

Part of the reason for under-emphasizing prevention is that prevention studies are slow and time-consuming.

There are 100 - 200 types of cancer, and new ones are still being discovered. Cancer does not occur spontaneously - a healthy cell's genetic material must first be damaged or altered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Carol O. on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Cuomo is showing us an accessible and highly informed path to the elimination of this disease, once and for all. A copy of the book will be my holiday gift to each of my family members and friends - whose health and well-being is as important to me as my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By t degnan md on October 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dr Cuomo gives a diligent , insightful view of the current state of affairs in the Cancer World -notably involving prevention It is particularly helpful to the lay public In the latter regard,it may serve as a reference tool or handbook .It is obvious that a great deal of effort and attention to detail was involved- in essence a labor of love
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Veronica A Tompkins on February 10, 2013
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As a cancer warrior who has run out of chemo and surgery options, Margaret Cuomo's research and insight fueled my quest to find natural methods to stay ahead of my arch enemy - bladder cancer - caused by exposure to environmental toxins as an infant and developing child. Vitamin C therapy and juicing is keeping the beast at bay. Thank you Dr. Cuomo for being a voice of truth in the fight against cancer.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LeonPort on October 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A very well written and accessible book. Reveals how the medical establishment treats cancer patients, which
is often not to their benefit. It includes up to date and no nonsense information about the best strategies for disease prevention.
Dr. Cuomo lays out a clear path for charities, government and the medical establishment to work together to finally reduce the toll this terrible disease takes on our society.
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