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The Causes of Cancer.

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By Doll Richard, Peto Richard. . 115 pages. Oxford University Press; , Oxford, New York, and Toronto: , 1981.. $8.95 (paperback).

Ann Intern Med. 1982;96(5):691. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-96-5-691_2
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Probably no one has had more experience in dealing with the environmental background of cancer, including worldwide comparisons of rates and association with various carcinogens, than the senior author of this book, Sir Richard Doll. Originally published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the text was commissioned as background material for a report submitted to the Congress.

The theme of cancer control through avoidance of environmental carcinogens is developed throughout. This theme is based on the recognition that carcinogens can be acquired through personal habits.

There are many useful tables depicting geographic differences in cancer risk, with both


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