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The Bookshelf: Jan. 5, 2016

In this week's Bookshelf, our content partner Kirkus Reviews highlights A Cancer In The Family.

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A CANCER IN THE FAMILY: Take Control of Your Genetic Inheritance

by Theodora Ross

A valuable resource for those wondering whether there is a chance that cancer runs in their family. Ross (Director, Cancer Genetics Program/Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) has the ideal background: oncologist, cancer survivor who carries a cancer gene mutation, and cancer gene researcher with a mission to help people. She sends an upbeat message that learning about a cancer mutation in one’s family history is not about coping with bad news; it is about taking control and making choices. ... She organizes her information with great care and clarity, and thankfully, she lightens the reading with her personal story and those of the cancer patients she has known. ... Highly recommended: an exceptionally well-organized, authoritative, and readable resource book.

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