20.104 Environmental Cancer Risks, Prevention, and Therapy


Class Info

Analysis of the history of cancer and vascular disease mortality rates in predominantly European- and African-American US cohorts, 1895-2010, to discover specific historical shifts. Shifts identified are explored in terms of contemporaneously changing environmental risk factors: air-, food- and water-borne chemicals; subclinical infections; diet and lifestyles. Role of occupational data identifying general risk factors. Considers the hypotheses that environmental factors affect metakaryotic stem cell mutation rates in fetuses and juveniles and/or the growth rates of preneoplastic stem cells in adults. Interaction of environmental and inherited risks. Introduces the use of metakaryocidal drugs to treat cancer in clinical trials.

This class has 18.02, 7.01x, 3.091, and 5.111 as prerequisites.

20.104 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by R. McCunney and W. Thilly.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 16-220.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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