Cancer Information for Teens, 3rd Edition

  • Lisa Esposito
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  • ISBN-10: 0780813200
  • ISBN-13: 9780780813205
  • DDC: 616.99
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released November 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Although cancer is rare in teens, it remains the leading cause of death by disease among young people between the ages of 10 and 19 in the United States, and during the past 20 years an increase in the incidence of some childhood cancers has been noted. Additionally, many of the lifestyle choices that are associated with increased cancer risk in later years--such as tobacco use, sun exposure, sexual practices, and diet--are linked to decisions made during the teen years. Adolescents also may encounter cancer in the people they care about and have questions regarding its causes, symptoms, and effects. CANCER INFORMATION FOR TEENS provides answers. It offers basic information about cancer, including the types of cancer that are most frequently diagnosed in adolescents, such as leukemia, lymphoma, osteosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, and testicular cancer, and common types of cancer that occur more frequently in older people. Known cancer risk factors are explained and differentiated from commonly circulated myths and rumors. A section on coping strategies offers suggestions for adolescents undergoing cancer treatment. Those whose lives are touched by cancer in a family member or friend will also find suggestions for handling their feelings and helping others. An end section includes directories that list resources for additional information and support.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Table of Contents.
1: Cancer Facts and Risk Factors.
2: What is Cancer?.
3: Cancer in Young People: An Overview.
4: Cancer Facts, Myths, and Unknowns.
5: Genes, Genetic Disorders, and Cancer.
6: Cancer and the Environment.
7: Tanning and Cancer Risk.
8: Is Some Sun Good?.
9: Cancer Risks Associated with Smoking and Other Tobacco Use.
10: Safer Grilling to Reduce Cancer Risk.
11: Obesity and Cancer Risk.
12: Human Papillomavirus and Cancer Risk.
13: Hormonal Drugs and Cancer Risk: Oral Contraceptives and Anabolic Steroids.
14: Cancer Prevention for Girls: Why See a Gynecologist?.
15: How to Perform a Breast Self-Exam.
16: Cancers of Most Concern to Teens and Young Adults.
17: Bone Cancer.
18: Brain Tumors.
19: Breast Cancer.
20: Cervical Cancer.
21: Colorectal Cancer.
22: Germ Cell Tumors.
23: Leukemia.
24: Lymphoma.
25: Melanoma and Other Skin Cancers.
26: Neuroblastoma: Cancer of the Nervous System.
27: Soft Tissue Sarcomas.
28: Testicular Cancer.
29: Thyroid Cancer.
30: Cancer Awareness, Diagnosis, and Treatment.
31: Bumps and Lumps: When do They Require Medical Attention?.
32: Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Cancer.
33: Specialized Children's Cancer Centers.
34: Your Cancer Care Hospital Team.
35: Cancer Staging.
36: Chemotherapy and Side Effects.
37: Steroids and Cancer Treatment.
38: Radiation Therapy for Cancer.
39: What to Expect If You Need Surgery.
40: Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Cell Transplantation.
41: Cancer and Complementary Health Therapies.
42: Cancer Clinical Trials.
43: Cancer Survivorship.
44: Cancer Fatigue.
45: Cancer Pain.
46: What Will Happen to My Body During Cancer Treatment?.
47: After Cancer Treatment Ends.
48: Cancer and Your Friendships.
49: Cancer and Your Education.
50: Late Effects: Chronic Problems That Can Result after Cancer and Treatment.
51: Can I Have Children after Cancer Treatment?.
52: When a Loved One Has Cancer.
53: When Your Parent Has Cancer.
54: When Your Brother or Sister Is Seriously III.
55: How Can I Help if My Friend Has Cancer?.
56: If you Need More Information.
57: Additional Reading about Cancer.
58: Web-Based Resources and Support Groups.
59: How to Find Cancer Clinical Trials.