Explaining cancer finding order in disorder

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. Almost everyone's life is in some way or other affected by cancer. Yet, when faced with a cancer diagnosis, many of us will confront questions we had never before considered: Is cancer one disease, or many? If many, how many exactly? How...

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Main Author: Plutynski, Anya (Author)
Language:English
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Online Access:Link to e-book
Summary:Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the world. Almost everyone's life is in some way or other affected by cancer. Yet, when faced with a cancer diagnosis, many of us will confront questions we had never before considered: Is cancer one disease, or many? If many, how many exactly? How is cancer classified? What does it mean, exactly, to say that cancer is 'genetic,' or 'familial'? What exactly are the causes of cancer, and how do scientists come to know about them? When do we have good reason to believe that this or that is a risk factor for cancer? These questions are (in part) empirical ones; however, they are also (in part) philosophical. This work takes a close look at these philosophical questions, by examining the conceptual and methodological challenges that arise in cancer research, in disciplines as diverse as cell and molecular biology, epidemiology, clinical medicine, and evolutionary biology.
Item Description:Previously issued in print: 2018.
Physical Description:1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Audience:Specialized.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Published: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2018.
ISBN:9780190878474 (ebook)