Special Issue "Cancer Mortality and Incidence: Intersections between the Environment, Genetics, and Behavior"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Michael J. Rovito
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Guest Editor
Department of Health Sciences, College of Health Professions and Sciences, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Interests: cancer mortality and incidence; environmental exposures causing an increase in cancer risk; inherited risks for cancer; behavioral risks and/or modifications that raise, lower risk of cancer manifestation; cancer epidemiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cancer currently ranks among the top causes of death worldwide, where approximately 1 in 6 deaths is attributable to the disease. The risk of developing cancer is a confluence of genetics, human behaviors, and the environment we live in. Cancer rates are highest among high-income nations but are currently rising at alarming levels globally, particularly within the Global South.

It is well established that the increased exposure to environmental toxins, the choice to perform adverse cancer-causing behaviors (i.e., tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, poor dieting, sedentary lifestyle, among others), and genetic inheritance increase our collective risk of developing cancer. However, cancer incidence and mortality rates vary globally due to access to health care, the availabiity of effective medical technology, and coordinated cancer prevention efforts.

This Special Issue calls for papers that explore the intersections of human activity in the environment and genetic factors that may be determinant of cancer manifestation across the lifespan. Specifically, we invite papers that investigate the interactions of health care and information access, human behavior, inheritance, and/or environmental degradation, with a particular focus on place and space. We welcome manuscripts from a variety of different disciplines including, but not limited to, public health, oncology, epidemiology, risk assessment and management, and geographic and environmental studies.

Dr. Michael J. Rovito
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • cancer
  • incidence
  • mortality
  • environment
  • behaviors
  • risk
  • genetics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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