Explain why it is important for a public health professional to understand carcinogenesis.
Some things you may consider as you discuss this topic:
Which do you think is more important for the development of any particular cancer: genes, aspects of the physical environment, or behavior and why?
Would you rather put programmatic money for cancer prevention towards changing a behavior, screening for a particular kind of cancer, or treatment, and why?
What promise might cancer vaccines hold for a particular type of cancer?
What articles can you find that help you understand carcinogenesis concepts?
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Cancer Causes and Prevention
Physical inactivity, obesity, and tobacco use are the greatest causes of mortality and morbidity in the United States. The engagements in behaviours that lead to the abovementioned conditions involve reward and motivational systems that develop through the interactions between genes and the environment (Mokdad, Marks, Stroup, & Gerberding, 2004). As a consequence, the improvement of strategies for disease prevention entails a better understanding of such interactions and determinants of behaviours....
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