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New Book Explores "The Secret History of the War on Cancer"

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In her recent book, The Secret History of the War on Cancer, Devra Lee Davis, PhD, MPH, writes: "Look around and it seems that cancer has become the price of modern life. In America and England, one out of every two men and one out of every three women will develop cancer in their lifetime.

"For much of history, the cancer war has been fighting the wrong battles, with the wrong weapons, against the wrong enemies. The campaign has targeted the disease and left off the table the things that cause it - tobacco, alcohol, the workplace, and other environmental hazards." Davis continues, "In America alone, there are currently more than 10 million cancer survivors. Cancer is the leading killer of middle-aged persons, and, after accidents, is also the leading killer of children. How did this happen? How did a disease that was once so atypical become so ordinary? Are we simply talking more about an illness that has always been around?" Dr. Davis, Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, answers these questions and more. Click here for additional insights from Chapter 1 of her book.

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