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ENC1102 - Topic Guide - BC Online

About Cancer

Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body... One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs.” (World Health Organization)

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  • Discuss the risk factors of cancer.
  • What are the social or emotional aspects of breast cancer? Support groups? Information-seeking behaviors?
  • Is cancer hereditary or is it caused by environmental factors?
  • Contrast the risks and benefits of treatments like tamoxifen.
  • Are mastectomies too prevalent?
  • Should genetic testing for a predisposition to the disease be used?
  • Should mammograms be done annually?
  • Is there a link between oral contraceptives/hormone therapy and breast cancer?
  • What are the emotional aspects of surviving cancer?
  • What are the stigmas associated with cancer?



Surviving cancer

Coping with cancer

Cancer and Environment

Cancer and Genetics

Cancer and Prevention

Risk Factors



Cancer Topic Pages

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These topic pages give:

  • topic overviews
  • viewpoint essays (pros and cons)
  • academic journal articles
  • statistics
  • primary sources
  • video and audio

and much more!

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These reports include:

  • an introductory overview
  • pro/con debates
  • background information
  • chronology on the topic
  • an assessment of the current situation
  • tables and maps
  • bibliography of key sources

Library Resources

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