Cancer epidemiology

P. A. Wark, J. Peto

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The causes of cancer are reviewed from the perspective of an epidemiologist. We describe the distribution of cancer worldwide, the influence of migration, and the effects of smoking, obesity, diet, reproductive factors, viruses, occupation and environmental carcinogens, as well as genetic factors and their interactions with various causes. Advances in cell and molecular biology have transformed the scope and methods of cancer epidemiology over the last 25 years, giving new insights into cancer etiology and underlying mechanisms. © 2008

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9780123739605
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Alcohol
  • Cancer
  • Cause
  • Diet
  • Epidemiology
  • Etiology
  • Gene
  • Human
  • Obesity
  • Occupation
  • Prevention
  • Risk factor
  • Smoking
  • Virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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