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A World without Cancer: The Making of a New Cure and the Real Promise of Prevention Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 2, 2012
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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
“Dr. Cuomo challenges us to think in new ways about making disease prevention a national priority.” ―David A. Kessler MD, former FDA commissioner and author of The End of Overeating--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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While it is depressing to look at the NCI SEER statistics to see how little progress has been made against "the War on Cancer" in the past 40 years, and to see how funds... Read morePublished 8 months ago by lb311
Excellent book! I accidently bought this book instead of World Without Cancer, and I'm glad I did. I learned a lot and you can tell Margaret has a passion about helping others. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Cody B.
Having read The Emperor of All Maladies, I wanted to read another book on cancer that comes at things from a different perspective. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by Paul J. Houk
This book did a good job how basic preventive medicine along with lifestyle(diet, exercise, etc.) can reduce the incident rate of different cancers.Published on May 13, 2013 by Mark Herdman
This has been stimulating reading. Though I haven't completed the reading of this book, I find it quite interesting! Anxious to complete the reading!Published on February 28, 2013 by Catherine P.
Dr Cuomo provides a convincing argument which she supports with data and states it's time for national efforts to be placed on cancer prevention instead of treatment.Published on February 27, 2013 by Fran Ein