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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society

Second Edition
Three Volume Set
Edited by:
  • Graham A. Colditz - Washington University School of Medicine, USA, Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine

Other Titles in:
Cancer / Oncology | Public Health

October 2015 | 1 632 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The first edition of the Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society was published in 2007 and received a 2008 Editors’ Choice Award from Booklist.  It served as a general, non-technical resource focusing on cancer from the perspective of the social and behavioural sciences, exploring social and economic impacts, the “business” of cancer, advertising of drugs and treatment centres, how behaviour change could offer great potential for cancer prevention, environmental risks, food additives and regulation, the relation between race and ethnicity and cancer risk, socioeconomic status, controversies—both scientific and political—in cancer treatment and research, country-by-country entries on cancer around the world, and more.

Given various developments in the field including new drug treatments, political controversies over use of the vaccines Gardasil and Cervarix with young girls to prevent cervical cancer, and unexpected upticks in the prevalence of adult smoking within the U.S. following decades of decline, the SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, Second Edition is a fully updated and more current encyclopedia that addresses concerns pertaining to this topic.

The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society, Second Edition serves as a reliable and precise source for students and researchers with an interest in social and behavioral sciences and seeks to better understand the continuously evolving subject matter of cancer and society.


"The new edition of the SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society is a valuable resource for researchers and students alike and is a welcome addition to the body of work on such an important topic. Highly recommended for academic libraries and medical libraries."

S. Mofford

"In this updated edition of the three-volume encyclopedia edited by Colditz (Washington Univ. School of Medicine), about 90 percent of the approximately 600 signed entries contributed by nearly 200 scholars are completely new… As a reference work, the set is unique in its scope, providing information about cancer epidemiology and incident rates in different regions of the world, drawn from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and from associations in countries outside the US… Summing Up: Highly recommended. All libraries. All levels."

S. H. Jeong
Wake Forest University

"...As befits a topic of such importance, the articles are fact filled, detailed, and objective. The approach is scholarly and informed by current research, while at the same time, the results are intelligible to the interested lay readers as well as to undergraduates and graduate students. ...The SAGE Encyclopedia of Cancer and Society offers researchers a comprehensive, well designed, and accessible resource. With these three volumes, editor Graham A. Colditz and his contributors provide a valuable serve in describing and defining the problems cancer poses worldwide, along with the forces and various methods being used to combat it. They offer a significant amount of useful and relevant information as well as a starting point for more extensive exploration. Most academic libraries would do well to give it a series consideration. It might also find space on the shelves of larger public libraries where there is interest."

T Gilson
College of Charleston
Against the Grain

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