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Attitudes about cancer are often unrealistic. Misconceptions, fears, or ignorance may result in a delay in seeking medical advice. The need for proper perspective in the study of malignant disease is vital. The increasing number of cancer deaths reported each year reflects not so much an absolute rise in incidence as a greater awareness and diagnosis of cancer by the physician.
A new series, "Current Concepts in Cancer," is beginning in this issue of The Journal (p 910). Its purpose is to facilitate acquisition of current knowledge in a field which is becoming more complex by virtue of the multiple disciplines involved and the variety of research interests which add data and information each year. It has been estimated that the present percentage of survivors with various cancers could be doubled if available knowledge regarding earlier diagnosis and newer treatment techniques could be disseminated throughout the medical profession.
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