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Taking the fear factor out of cancer
Date:11/3/2010

It is the second most deadly disease in the Western world and one of the most feared diagnoses a patient can face. Now, a new book penned by a Nottingham academic is aiming to improve our understanding of cancer so we can better deal with its often devastating consequences.

Cancer: A Beginner's Guide is the first book of its kind covering all of the issues related to the disease in a clear and straightforward way, rather than concentrating on just one particular scientific aspect.

The book was the brainchild of author Dr Paul Scotting, of the University of Nottingham's Institute Centre for Genetics and Genomics, who scoured bookshop shelves for such an introductory text on cancer for his medical students before realising that it didn't currently exist.

The book explores the science behind the disease and explores why some of us are more likely to develop it than others and is written with a general audience in mind, meaning it's an accessible read for anyone, from those suffering from cancer to people interested in it as a biological phenomenon.

Dr Scotting said: "Fear comes from a lack of knowledge. If we or someone we know suddenly has this disease and we don't understand the nature of the disease and it is very different to any other disease then it potentially makes their experience much more frightening. My personal feeling is that by understanding something I don't find it so scary and hopefully that's one thing that people will take from this book."

The book is published on November 1 and is due to be unveiled at a special book launch being held at Blackwells Bookshop in The University of Nottingham's Medical School at 5pm on Friday November 5.

Cancer is second only to heart disease as the most common fatal disease, killing one in four people in the West. It will touch all our lives either personally or as bystanders if friends and family are diagnosed with one of its different forms. Yet many of us
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Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-595-15793
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

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