Chapter 13. Epidemiology: Identifying Cancer's Causes

  1. Arthur B. Pardee2,3 and
  2. Gary S. Stein4
  1. James R. Hebert

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470374252.ch13

The Biology and Treatment of Cancer: Understanding Cancer

The Biology and Treatment of Cancer: Understanding Cancer

How to Cite

Hebert, J. R. (2008) Epidemiology: Identifying Cancer's Causes, in The Biology and Treatment of Cancer: Understanding Cancer (eds A. B. Pardee and G. S. Stein), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470374252.ch13

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Biological Chemistry, Harvard University, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA

  2. 3

    Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  3. 4

    Department of Cell Biology, UMASS Memorial Cancer Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, South Carolina Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

  1. Funding to support Dr. Hebert was provided by the National Cancer Institute, Center for Research and Cancer Health Disparities (Community Networks Program) to the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network SCCDCN) [1 U01 CA114601-01].

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 19 DEC 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470009581

Online ISBN: 9780470374252



  • epidemiology - identifying cancer causes;
  • epidemiology and identifying predisposing genetic factors;
  • problem of type III error and gene–environment interactions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Types of Studies

  • Risk Factors and Causes of Cancer

  • Cancers by Site

  • Future Directions

  • References