Erika Jensen-Jarolim and Manuel L. Penichet 1. 1 Background Infectious diseases, being the major burden in the history of mankind worldwide th until the beginning of the 20 century, were important triggers in the understanding of immunological mechanisms. In contrast to infectious diseases, reports of all- gies and cancers were less common, but increased tremendously within the last century. Based on the US mortality data of the National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2009, a recent report from the American Cancer Society indicated that the number of cancer deaths increased approximately from 100,000 to 550,000 per year between 1930 and 2006, paralleling the increase of the total population during this period. Leading causes of death from cancer are lung and bronchus cancer, in men prostate cancer, and in women breast c- cer [1, 2]. Normalization to population size shows that the cancer death rate for most malignancies has been generally stable, although the mortality rate of certain malignancies, such as lung and bronchus cancer, has increased over the last 50 years [1-3]. In allergy, the situation is less clear, because for the time period around the turn of th the 19 century, only imprecise information is available. However, within the last 30 years the incidences of allergies has doubled not only in industrial countries, but in developing countries as well .
Publisher: Humana Press Inc.
Number of pages: 287
Weight: 672 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 23 mm
Edition: 2010 ed.
From the reviews:
"The book begins by giving a brief description of the long history of observations and research ... into the existence of a negative correlation between the frequency of allergies and the incidence of cancer, as well as a history of allergy research in general. ... the new concept of AllergoOncology, as introduced in this book, is a provocative one ... . a well-written and presented book introducing a new concept in cancer immunology, as well as a comprehensive description of IgE biology in general." (Andrew T. Vaughan, Immunology News, February, 2011)
"This book represents a description of how IgE antibodies may play a role protecting against cancer development and progression. ... The audience for this book includes oncologists, allergists, and researchers, as well as students and fellows. It has a place in any health sciences library. ... It is well written and full of thoughtful points and it would be a useful addition to the library of an educational institution or to the laboratory of researchers interested in this topic." (Marion C. Cohen, Doody's Review Service, July, 2010)