Search inside of Supercourse and lectures in HTML and PPT format



The student will:

1. Understand cancer as a disease process;
2. Understand cancer as the outcome of lifestyle decisions and social conditions in addition to biological processes;
3. Grasp the seriousness of the growing cancer problem worldwide. Cancer is also a disease of the developing world.
4. Understand what causes cancer at the biological and social levels;
5. Understand general principles of cancer epidemiology in terms of the extent, distribution and trends of the disease worldwide.


In planning national cancer control programs an essential skill is the ability to describe and interpret from epidemiological principles the magnitude of the cancer problem in the country.

The student will be able to:

1. Examine cancer trends and assess their future implications for cancer control;
2. Predict which biologic and social risk factors will influence the choice of programming for cancer control;
3. Understand how the science of cancer control is put into practice in designing national strategies for disease control.


National Cancer Control Programmes. Policies and Managerial Guidelines. World Health Organization, Geneva 1995. ISBN 92-4-154474-0. The lecture follows this text closely. It can be ordered from Distribution & Sales, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland at Sw. fr. 32.- (Sw. fr. 22.40 in developing countries).

Unless otherwise noted, the information in this lecture is summarized and adapted from this text.

Click to return to slide 1.