The Home Health Guide to a Cancer-Free Family

Reviewed by:


G Kune
Published by Michelle Anderson Publishing (2003)
ISBN:  0-8557-2346-7.   300 pages.
RRP:  A$27.95


With our current understandings of the mechanisms of cancer induction it is not possible to promise a cancer-free family. Even if a family were to undertake everything prescribed in this book, the incidence of cancer in that family would not fall by more than 50%. 

However, a 50% reduction in the incidence is certainly well worthwhile and the title should not distract from what is otherwise an excellent edition to the plethora of books, brochures, pamphlets and videotapes now available to those wishing to lower their risk of cancer.

Gabriel Kune has produced an excellent, well-written and very comprehensive description of what is now known to be useful in lowering cancer incidence rates in the community. While much of the information in this book is not new, it is certainly worthwhile to have it presented so clearly and comprehensively in one publication. Some sections read like a lecture to undergraduate students, with the use of such terms
as “lymphatics”, “sputum cytology” and “chromosomes”, but there is an excellent glossary for those confused by the technical terms in the text. Of particular value are the sections in the back half of the book, relating to specific cancers. These would be most helpful for those at risk for a specific cancer. 

For those wanting to get to the crux of the subject matter of this book, the tables 23.1, 23.2 and 23.3 summarise the important messages of this excellent contribution to the growing cancer prevention literature in the community.

The essential message of this book is that a good diet, avoidance of excessive sunlight, no smoking (active or passive) and a good exercise regimen are the way to live a life with minimum cancer risk. The section on diet is particularly comprehensive. 

Overall this book can be strongly recommended to anyone looking for a comprehensive review of currently accepted preventative measures for lowering cancer incidence and would be of particular value to those who wish to explore the preventative aspects of a specific cancer. 

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