Preventing Cancer: Reducing the Risks

Richard Beliveau and Denis Gingras. Firefly, $24.95 trade paper (264p) ISBN 978-1-77085-633-2
University of Quebec cancer researchers BĂ©liveau and Gingras (Foods That Fight Cancer) compile recommendations from major public health agencies and condense them into 10 concise points of advice, which they say could reduce the risk of cancer for those who follow them by up to 75%. They explain the science behind each of the 10 points, citing current research studies with an extensive bibliography. While most of the recommendations, such as not smoking, keeping fit, and limiting the consumption of red meat and alcohol, will be familiar to most readers, the authors' approach of presenting the information in 10 memorable principles in a slim volume of straightforward explanation will appeal to many people who feel overwhelmed by the amount of information on cancer prevention and the steady stream of new studies. The authors attack the myth that cancer is the work of fate and show that many cancers can be prevented by lifestyle changes. They also give cancer survivors a practical tool to help prevent recurrence. The attractively illustrated book is a valuable guide for consumers who want to take proactive measures to maintain good health, as well as an instructive tool for health care providers who want to educate the public. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 12/21/2015
Release date: 09/01/2015
Genre: Nonfiction
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