Seven million people die from cancer each year around the world, and many more are impacted by this universal scourge. In "Betrayed by "Nature, research scientist and lecturer Robin Hesketh demystifies the nature of cancer.
Hesketh provides a concise and comprehensive history of both the science and the medical advances made over the decades. He takes the reader on a riveting tour of human biology; he explains how cancers start, what is meant by 'a mutation', and how mutations can make cells grow abnormally and spread around our bodies.
Drawing on the latest discoveries from the Human Genome Project, Hesketh reveals the strides being made in understanding this malevolent disease and makes accessible the science of today's treatments. "Betrayed by Nature "looks forward to the day when many cancers can be treated readily and effectively. With cancer afflicting one in three people worldwide, this is an illuminating and optimistic look at the past, present, and future of cancer.
Preface PART I: HISTORY AND CAUSES A Short Stroll through the History of Cancer Counting Cancers and Comparing Causes PART II: GENES AND CELLS: FROM NORMAL TO CANCER A Bit of Dogma: Atoms, Molecules, Genes and Proteins What Is a Cell? 'Cancer Genes': What Are They? A Case of Corruption PART III: CANCER CELLS AND WHOLE GENOMES Tumors: What Are They? Let's Sequence Your DNA PART IV: DETECTION AND TREATMENT Where Are We? Where Are We Going? Dedication Acknowledgements Glossary Cancer Names, Gene Names, Tumor Grading and Staging Major Cancers at a Glance Sources and Web Sites Odes to Cancer Ancient and Modern