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A Cancer in the Family: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

Avery. Feb. 2016. 304p. notes. index. ISBN 9781101982839. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698197893. HEALTH
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Ross (MD, PhD, internal medicine; director, Cancer Genetics Program, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Ctr.) writing as a practitioner, as a scholar, and as one with personal experience of genetic-based cancers, has created an accessible read for a lay audience grappling with personal or familial hereditary cancer diagnoses. Easily translating medical jargon into understandable text, Ross weaves a brief overview of genetic theory, hereditary cancers, and her personal/familial struggles with cancer into a book that is more than the sum of these parts: an intriguing read even for persons not looking for specific cancer-related information. The appendixes and resource sections are a go-to reference for further information on hereditary cancers. With a chart outlining types of hereditary cancer syndromes as well as how one could mitigate the risks of having those cancers, this volume attempts to enable readers to "take control of [their] genetic inheritance," as stated in its subtitle.
VERDICT Recommended for readers seeking appropriate information on hereditary cancers, including their causes, and risk management as well as those beyond the target audience who are interested in sound writing on medical topics.

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