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It Takes a Genome: How a Clash Between Our Genes and Modern Life Is Making Us Sick by Greg Gibson

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Cancer of the Breast

The list of famous women who have had breast cancer contains some extraordinary pairings that on the face of it suggest something other than coincidence: both of Charlie’s brunette Angels, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith; the American singer-songwriters Carly Simon and Sheryl Crow; similarly the Australian pop divas a generation apart, Olivia Newton-John and Kylie Minogue; the classical actresses Bette Davis and Greta Garbo; and the diametrically opposite feminist personalities Suzanne Somers and Gloria Steinem. But at a lifetime incidence of one in nine contemporary women having breast cancer, such a list is not unusual, shocking as it is.

Less well known is the fact that lung cancer is even more common in women and, given ...

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