Catching Cancer: The Quest For Its Viral And Bacterial Causes by Claudia CornwallCatching Cancer: The Quest For Its Viral And Bacterial Causes by Claudia Cornwall

Catching Cancer: The Quest For Its Viral And Bacterial Causes

byClaudia Cornwall

Paperback | September 19, 2014

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The idea that you can "catch" cancer is radical, and yet several renowned scientists have shown that it is possible to do just that. Catching Cancer takes you inside a medical revolution and reveals the struggles of the scientists who persisted with their novel ideas despite opposition, disbelievers, and the challenges of expanding scientific frontiers in cancer research. Through interviews with the key players and an exploration of the science behind new discoveries, Claudia Cornwall reveals the key breakthroughs that set us on a course of better understanding how cancer develops and how we might prevent it.
Claudia Cornwall is the author of four books including Letter from Vienna: A Daughter Uncovers Her Family's Jewish Past, winner of the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize in British Columbia for 1996, and At the World's Edge: Curt Lang's Vancouver, 1937-1998, which was short-listed for the 2012 City of Vancouver Book Award. She has been pub...
Title:Catching Cancer: The Quest For Its Viral And Bacterial CausesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9.02 × 6.05 × 0.69 inPublished:September 19, 2014Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: In the Face of General Opinion1: More than a curiosity2: Palmer Beasley Discovers a Silent Epidemic3: Harald zur Hausen Solves the Riddle of Cervical Cancer4: Barry Marshall, Robin Warren and Helicobacter pylori5: Paul Ewald Stalks the Stealth Infections6: Gene HuntersAcknowledgmentsBibliography

Editorial Reviews

Can germs give you cancer? In some cases, yes. Can you catch cancer from an individual who already has cancer? No. An estimated twenty percent of cancers are due to infectious agents-viruses and bacteria. The notion that certain microorganisms are carcinogenic comes with a big dividend: Prevention, and perhaps cure, of these types of cancer may be possible with antibiotics, antiviral medications, and vaccines. Consider cervical cancer-the third most common malignancy in the world affecting females. It is initiated by the human papillomavirus (HPV). A vaccine (Gardisil) is capable of preventing about seventy percent of these cancers. Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that instigates gastritis, peptic ulcers, and stomach cancer. Eradicating this infection with antibiotics averts the development of gastric cancer. Hepatitis B virus along with the chronic infection it triggers is credited with causing approximately eighty percent of all liver cancer. A vaccine to prevent Hepatitis B has been available for many years. Journalist Cornwall's captivating book integrates biography, history, scientific theory, and molecular biology. It also illuminates the nature of scientific discovery-part personality, brilliance, and perseverance with a smidgen of intuition and luck. The link between infection and cancer is indisputable. Stay tuned as this story continues to evolve.