Public health assessment of genetic predisposition to cancer

Steven S. Coughlin, Wylie Burke

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This chapter focuses on cancer prevention and control. Topics discussed include genetic polymorphisms and cancer susceptibility, breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility genes, colorectal cancer susceptibility genes, lung cancer genetic susceptibility, prostate cancer genetic susceptibility, and melanoma genetic susceptibility. Studies of genetic susceptibility to common cancers highlight the need for additional population-based molecular epidemiologic research to define better the contribution of genetic factors to cancer, and to examine interactions with environmental factors amenable to preventive interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGenetics and Public Health in the 21st Century
Subtitle of host publicationUsing Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199864485
ISBN (Print)9780195128307
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • Cancer prevention
  • Environmental factors
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Public health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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