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Why Millions Survive Cancer: The successes of science [Kindle Edition]

Lauren Pecorino
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The enormous recent progress in fighting cancer, and the science behind it, is revealed fully for the first time in this book. The disease affects one in three over a lifetime but today more and more people are surviving as a result of the extraordinary and little known advances of science and medicine.

Using scientific evidence from world cancer experts, Lauren Pecorino helps us understand the biology of cancer, the recent trends in cancer progress, and the rationale behind new cancer treatments. With recommendations about lifestyle choices that can help reduce some of the risks of getting cancer, Pecorino looks to the future in our battle with this disease.

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lays bare the science behind our battle with this most notorious of diseases (The Independent)

This is an uplifting illustrated text on the successes of science ... I recommend this book to everyone working in health care and all those wanting to know more about cancer and finding a cure (Zoe Williamson, Nursing Standard)

What's interesting about this book is Pecorinos skill in writing about the science of cancer in everyday language (Sylvia Thompson, Irish Times)

About the Author

Lauren Pecorino is Principal Lecturer in Cancer Biology at the University of Greenwich. She has presented guest lectures in Rome and Palermo, Italy; Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo, Egypt and the United States.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4648 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (28 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006BY2CZK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #714,855 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lauren Pecorino was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in Cell and Developmental Biology. She crossed the Atlantic to carry out a postdoctoral tenure at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, London. She is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich where she greatly enjoys teaching a course called: Cancer Biology and Therapeutics. The teaching of this course motivated her to write a university textbook called "The Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets, and Therapeutics, published by Oxford University Press. The text has been translated into several languages and is now in its second edition. Feedback on the textbook posted on Amazon from a cancer patient drove her to write a book on cancer for a wider audience. Her latest book, Why Millions Survive Cancer: the successes of science, is for those who are interested in science and well being. She hopes it will make a difference to your life.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This book Now! 25 Oct. 2011
Format:Hardcover
Wow! I have just finished this book and I feel I know more about cancer than I could have learned by watching a hundred TV documentaries.

Who would EVER have thought an author would write the GOOD NEWS about cancer?! But that is what this author, Lauren Pecorino has done. Everybody talks about cancer, you read about it in the papers, you hear about it on the news or in a programme, and sadly, some of us learn from personal direct experience of having a close loved one die from it. The figure is quoted as 'One person in three' and that is enough to make me need to know more, so I took a chance, or so I thought; the chance that I would buy a book which would flummox and bamboozle me with hardcore science and make me feel like I was back in some nightmarish chemistry class. But chance was in my favour and this book is written for ordinary people, just like you and me. I read it with ease and my mind was able to absorb it all.

I feel I know more now than I ever did and I believe this book is inspirational and will help people to understand the nature and causes of cancer, the best ways to increase your chances of avoiding it and also the exciting and literally fascinating therapies which are being currently designed and also those which have been already been designed.

There are so many other books out there which drone on and on like my secondary school chemistry teacher, this book will grab your attention, make you sit up and it actually makes you feel like you've conquered your own fear of something which, let's be honest, none of us know much about.

Beautifully written and I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone who felt like I did before I read this amazing book. Buy it and read it, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Understandable, Educational, Enjoyable 26 Feb. 2012
By P53
Format:Hardcover
With respect to my academic inclination for science, suffice it to say that I was not a science major in college. I have lost two very close relatives to cancer, though, and I wanted to learn more about the disease and perhaps achieve a greater understanding of my own risk factors. I found Lauren Pecorino's book to be highly understandable, educational, and even enjoyable reading.
I especially admire her imaginative use of analogies to explain the biology of cancer. She explains the process of metastasis using the analogy of prisoners escaping from an island. The possible effect of a DNA mutation is explained with an analogy to an error in a musical score, whereby one error can potentially alter the whole tempo of the song. There are many more such analogies throughout the book.
Much evidence is presented showing how lifestyle changes can significantly reduce one's risk of getting cancer, and ultimately, the book presents the Good News that science is steadily achieving success in the fight against the disease.
Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 4 Jan. 2012
Format:Hardcover
My Daughter actually recommended this book to me and to be honest, I wasn't sure that I would fully be able to understand the point it was trying to get across. I was pleasantly surprised. The writer clearly explains scientific information even someone who hasn't studied science for a very long time like me can understand. It gives anyone the opportunity to understand and learn from the amazing scientific research which has become the foundation for cancer treatments and preventions. Brilliant book by a passionate writer!
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3.0 out of 5 stars BETTER INFO ELSEWHERE 2 Dec. 2013
Format:Hardcover
If you are interested in preventing cancer or you are a cancer victim or cancer survivor (as I am), then I think you'd get better information from mainstream online sources (which will also contain the latest information), such as:

CANCER RESEARCH UK [...]

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY [...]

NHS CHOICES [...]

MACMILLAN [...]

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE [...]

WORLD CANCER RESEARCH FUND UK [...] (refers to a free report on cancer prevention)

COPING WITH PAIN & FATIGUE:

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[...]

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When you've researched all of the above, you might decide to read this book.

If you have rectal cancer, you might like to research Dr Anglita Habr-Gama and her Wait and See approach. Dr Habr-Gama practised in three hospitals in the UK before returning to her native Brazil, where she pioneered this technique. I found out about it from [...] (This book fails to mention this technique, which in unusual in North America but is tried in suitable cases in Europe.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clear, up-to-date introduction to cancer 28 Oct. 2011
By Scott Cole - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I'm involved in cancer education and am a big fan and user of Dr. Pecorino's original textbook, Molecular Biology of Cancer. With her new book, Why Millions Survive Cancer, she has made the topic more accessible to a lay audience while still covering it in a thorough and intelligent way. Personally, my favorite chapters are the ones that focus on the underlying biology of cancer progression and treatment. For a layperson (patient or caregiver) to understand cancer and cancer treatment, today they have no choice but to enter what can be an intimidating world of cells and molecules. Dr. Pecorino has a talent for making that world understandable--both through the examples she uses and her casual yet clear writing style. In addition, the book does a nice job covering the causes of cancer and cancer prevention. Finally, at least as I write this review, Why Millions Survive Cancer is probably the most up-to-date book on the subject. There are many things to dislike about cancer, but it is an absolutely fascinating subject. This book conveys that and also provides practical information. I highly recommend the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why Millions Survive Cancer 1 Jan. 2012
By David Porter K8019 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As an adult child of two parents who died from cancer I am always on the lookout for new theories for cancer prevention. In Why Millions Survive Cancer Dr. Pecorino explains in a very clear and concise way strategies that can be taken by everyone to help reduce your risk of develping cancer. She also explains the underlying biology of cancer progression and treatment. I found her writing style to be very easy to understand for such a complicated subject. She tells of the new discoveries, new theories available to us today. There has been enormous progress in fighting cancer and that is very exciting to me. I highly recommend this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BETTER INFO ELSEWHERE 2 Dec. 2013
By Ed Fitzpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If you are interested in preventing cancer or you are a cancer victim or cancer survivor (as I am), then I think you'd get better information from mainstream online sources (which will also contain the latest information), such as:

CANCER RESEARCH UK [...]

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY [...]

NHS CHOICES [...]

MACMILLAN [...]

NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE [...]

WORLD CANCER RESEARCH FUND UK [...] (refers to a free report on cancer prevention)

COPING WITH PAIN & FATIGUE:

[...]

[...]

[...]

When you've researched all of the above, you might decide to read this book.

If you have rectal cancer, you might like to research Dr Anglita Habr-Gama and her Wait and See approach. Dr Habr-Gama practised in three hospitals in the UK before returning to her native Brazil, where she pioneered this technique. I found out about it from [...] (This book fails to mention this technique, which in unusual in North America but is tried in suitable cases in Europe.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern take on Cancer and Survival 4 May 2012
By JulieO45 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Why Millions Survive Cancer : The successes of science

Finally- a well written book about cancer which does not wallow in doom and gloom. This book looks at how cancer, as a set of diseases, has transformed in recent years from an automatic death sentence to something more manageable with a greater survivorship and quality of life. The author is adept at explaining the biology behind the disease and the latest treatment strategies available. She also discusses the published evidence that healthier life-style choices and better screening for cancer has had an impact on cancer development and survival within various populations. The author argues that understanding the facts about cancer, along with a more open dialog about the topic, empowers individuals who face the disease. Since 1 in 3 of us will develop cancer in our lifetime, it is reassuring to read about the rapid leaps in understanding and treatment which have occurred in recent years.
4.0 out of 5 stars A complete and comprehensible overview of cancer 25 Mar. 2013
By Paula - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book for the layperson to use in understanding the basics of cancer. But it goes far beyond that - talking about lifestyle as it affects cancer susceptibility, how different types of cancer are being treated and how treatments are changing - and succeeding - based on research, and new directions for cancer research. Lauren Pecorino also has written a very technical textbook on cancer. This book is for those who can't take the time for that kind of study, but who want to understand more about cancer. I highly recommend it!
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