epidemiology

Cancer Clusters

When beginning to learn about cancer clusters it is important to know the facts about cancer itself.  Cancer is the growth and spread of abnormal cells in the body and if left untreated it can often result in death.  There are more than 100 types of the disease and it can attack any part of …

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Statistics

In the United States occupational lung disease is the number one cause of on-the-job illness. This disease tops the list both in frequency and severity yet is, in almost every case, preventable. Over 20 percent of men worldwide have been exposed to some type of dangerous occupational irritant that may cause cancer and 5 to …

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Summary of Cancer Clusters

Cancer clusters are not common in the United States and determining the existence of such a cluster is extremely difficult. The vast array of cancers coupled with the large quantity of new cases, make cancer a very common disease. The significance of cancer clusters should not be dismissed however there are very few proven cases …

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Cancer Cluster Reporting

Each year approximately 1,000 cases of possible cancer clusters are reported.  Of these cases only 5% to 15% are investigated after the initial report.  The bulk of the cases are clearly not cancer clusters and researchers can eliminate the possibility with just a bit of research. Out of the 5% to 15% of cases that …

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Heredity and Environment in Relationship to Cancer Clusters

Heredity and environment are the main contributing factors to the development of cancer. Epidemiologists focus on these two areas when studying cancer clusters. Behavior and lifestyle also contribute to cancer risks so they are also included when studying environment. To establish a connection between an environmental risk factor and a genetic predisposition is difficult. Scientists …

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Epidemiology and Cancer Clusters

Epidemiology is the study of the factors that cause illnesses and disease with in a population. This field of study is critical in the prevention and spread of communicable and non-communicable disease. Epidemiology is used to identify disease from the outbreak through diagnosis and treatment. Epidemiolgists, those scientists who study the causes of disease, utilize …

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