The first section of the book, Rates, uses tables to show cancer incidence, mortality, and survival
rates. It uses charts to show how these rates have changed over time. Also included are
international cancer statistics so readers can compare U.S. rates to those of other countries.
The second section, Risks, is a collection of chapters by NCI experts on environmental and genetic
risk factors. Some chapters discuss which cancers are associated with a specific risk factor. Other
chapters discuss which known risk factors are associated with a specific cancer site. Every chapter
includes a comprehensive bibliography that readers can use as a starting point to learn more about
each of the topics covered.
Consistently a popular NCI publication, "Cancer Rates and Risks" is written in lay language for
science writers, public health officials, and the interested public. The latest edition is about twice the
size of the previous edition and synthesizes much of what scientists have learned during the past 10
years about cancer risks. The book also could be useful to scientists who want to communicate
information about cancer risk factors to the general public.
Single copies of this publication are available free to the media by calling NCI's Office of Cancer
Communications at (301) 496-6641. Others can get a single free copy of the publication through
the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.