Womens Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to
By Kerry A. McGinn and Pamela J. Haylock
This book provides a wide range of information about cancers that affect
women. It is a good introduction to cancer in general and to the specific
kinds of cancer that are most common in women. The authors go beyond what
one might think of as "womens cancers" (such as breast
cancer and gynecologic cancers) to cover the other leading cancers that
strike and kill women, such as lung and colorectal cancer.
The authors are two oncology nurses who have also had personal experience
with cancer. The book includes first-person accounts interspersed with
other material, clear illustrations, and other reader-friendly ways of
presenting information. It includes a glossary, bibliography (by chapter),
a list of resources, and an index.
Part One, "You Have Cancer
," discusses cancer basicsrisk
factors, prevention, causes, detection, diagnosis, staging and grading,
treatment, and emotional aspects of having cancer. There is a thorough
discussion in Chapter 9 of complementary and alternative therapies for
cancer that includes a multipage table about herbals.
Parts Two through Four of the book address specific cancers. These sections
delve into aspects of each type of cancer. Illustrations and charts are
used to help present information.
- Part Two covers breast cancer. The authors do a
good job of explaining a womans lifetime risk of developing breast
cancer, which is often confusing. This section includes information
on how to do breast self-examination, with illustrations.
- Part Three covers the gynecologic cancers, including
endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, and others.
- Part Four covers lung and colorectal cancers
Part Five, "Life After Cancer," talks about surviving cancer
and the emotional and other issues that cancer survivors deal with. It
includes a multipage table listing the common long-term effects of cancer
and cancer treatments and possible methods for dealing with these effects.
While much of the information in the book seems to be accurate and up
to date, the chapter on breast cancer, unfortunately, does not distinguish
between progesterone and progestins. The distinction is made elsewhere
in the book, so it would be nice to see this corrected. Also, there is
no discussion of natural progesterone under the HRT section of the book
(pages 310 and following).
Women’s Cancers: How to Prevent Them, How to Treat Them, How to Beat Them
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