Cancer Precursors

Thomas E. Rohan, Donald E. Henson, Eduardo L. Franco, Jorge Albores-Saavedra

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The term "cancer precursor" refers to specific morphologic changes that precede the development of cancer. Knowledge of the etiology of cancer precursors varies considerably by anatomic site. In part, this might reflect the relative inaccessibility of a site to tissue sampling (e.g., ovary and pancreas) and hence the difficulty of detecting and diagnosing precursors at that site. This chapter describes some of the more well studied sites, for which there is substantial knowledge of the histopathology, epidemiology, and natural history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCancer Epidemiology and Prevention
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865062
ISBN (Print)0195149610, 9780195149616
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


  • Cancer development
  • Cancer risk
  • Etiology of cancer
  • Morphologic changes
  • Precursor lesions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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