Cancer Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

Teen Health Series

Cancer Information for Teens, 3rd Ed.

Web Price: $62.00

Cancer treatment has improved and more is known about what causes cancer and how to prevent it, and, most often, teens with cancer overcome the disease. Nevertheless, it remains the leading cause of death by disease among teens.

Cancer Information for Teens, 3rd Edition, presents updated facts about cancer causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. It explains how cancer occurs in the body and describes some warning signs; and provides information on coping with treatment side effects, changes in body image, and social and survivorship issues. Issues of concern to teens with friends or family members who have cancer are also addressed.

The book is organized in the broad subject areas detailed below. Please see the Table of Contents for a more complete understanding of the comprehensive coverage offered in Cancer Information for Teens, 3rd Edition.

Part One: Cancer Facts and Risk Factors explains that cancer is a variety of diseases that begin the same way: cells divide in an uncontrolled manner with the ability to attack the body’s tissues. Risk factors for cancer are also discussed, including familial or genetic predisposition, tobacco use, obesity, outdoor and indoor tanning, chemicals in the environment, and human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

Part Two: Cancers of Most Concern to Teens and Young Adults gives facts on the cancer types most often diagnosed in adolescents and young adults, including bone cancer, brain and spinal cord tumors, leukemia, lymphoma, and testicular cancer.

Part Three: Cancer Awareness, Diagnosis, and Treatment identifies cancer symptoms, and explains how doctors diagnose the disease and determine how advanced it is. It describes cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.

Part Four: Cancer Survivorship describes the temporary effects of treatment on appearance and suggests ways to deal with friendships and school challenges during recovery. It also provides a summary of chronic health problems that can result after cancer, including fertility issues.

Part Five: When a Loved One Has Cancer provides guidance for teens with a parent, sibling, or friend who has cancer.

Part Six: If You Need More Information includes suggestions for additional reading and a directory of web-based resources.

Standard Features

  • Library binding, 7 1/4 x 9 1/4
  • 400 pages per volume
  • Authoritative content from respected health organizations; non-technical language and writing style is accessible to young people
  • Chapter headings and subheadings break up descriptive text and provide easy navigation
  • Standardized callout boxes highlight important information, define terms, or summarize a chapter’s contents
  • Tables, charts, and illustrations provide visual aids for technical information and supplement explanations
  • Directory of resources with contact information guide further research and identify sources of information and support
  • Comprehensive index provides easy access to descriptive information, definitions, and related concepts


“Arming teenagers with all the facts they need to understand cancer and its causes, effects, and treatments should be a major part of any school health curriculum. … The collection of all of this material here, and the addition of user-friendly information boxes, charts, and a comprehensive index, make this a valuable educational tool."

—American Reference Books Annual, 2014

“Answers teens' commonly asked questions about cancer and cancer risks in their age group. …The purpose is to provide factual, up-to-date, and relevant information to teens about cancer to help them understand the causes, risks, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. The book meets these objectives and is a very important resource for this population. … Resources addressing the needs of teens trying to understand cancer are rare and much needed. 4 Stars (out of 5)!”

— Doody's Review Service, Jan '14

"Cancer is never an easy discussion topic, but this comprehensive manual in the Teen Health series guides teens through nearly every aspect of the disease, giving them the knowledge to overcome fears and dispel many myths along the way. … Excellent first step for personal or academic research."

—Booklist, Mar ‘14