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Faculty member co-writes book chapter on pancreatic cancer

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Rick Jansen, assistant professor in the NDSU Department of Public Health, is a co-author of a chapter in a leading medical textbook, titled “Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention, Fourth Edition.”

Jansen co-wrote the chapter, “Cancer of the Pancreas,” with Samuel Antwi and Gloria Petersen of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“The fourth edition of this instrumental textbook represents key cancer research and prevention advances over the last decade. I feel very fortunate to have contributed to this essential text, and to have collaborated with co-authors with substantial expertise,” said Jansen, whose writings are included in chapter 32.

The book, published by the Oxford Press, is edited by Michael Thun, Martha S. Linet, James R. Cerhan, Christopher A Haiman and David Schottenfeld. It is considered the most authoritative textbook available on the causes of cancer, mortality and survival.

Chapters focus on the causes of cancer, the tissues and organs where cancer cells start and comprehensive overviews on future research. The edition includes updated material on such topics as molecular biomarkers, tumor genomics, genetic modifiers of environmental risks, social class disparities in incidence and mortality, immunologic factors, electromagnetic fields and radiofrequency radiation.

Jansen earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and statistics from the University of Minnesota, Morris; and his master’s degree and doctorate in environmental health sciences from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Mayo Clinic and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Chicago.

His areas of expertise include infectious disease epidemiology, pancreatic cancer epidemiology and genomic and molecular epidemiology.

The Master of Public Health program at NDSU is offered both on-campus and through distance education formats. The program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health and offers specializations in American Indian public health, public health in clinical systems, health promotion and management of infectious diseases.

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