Cancer is the first or second cause of death in more than 130 countries. An estimated 19.3 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed across the world each year, and this number is expected to rise to 29 million by 2040. Striking inequities can be traced within and between countries in cancer incidence and survival by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. A new book, edited by three Boston College professors, seeks to examine the cancer pandemic and its inequities. The Rising Global Cancer Pandemic: Health, Ethics, and Social Justice is the second volume in the Global Theological Ethics book series, a joint project of the Journal of Moral Theology and Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. Edited by Walsh Professor of Bioethics Andrea Vicini, S.J., Global Public Health Program Director Professor Philip Landrigan, M.D., and Research Prof. Kurt Straif, The Rising Global Cancer Pandemic has its roots in a 2021 Boston College conference on the topic. In addition to the editors, BC faculty contributors to the volume include Vice Provost and Canisius Professor of Theology James Keenan, S.J.
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