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December 13, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(15):964-967. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890150008002

The recent stimulus to cancer control in the United States, as a result of the efforts of the American Cancer Society, the United States Public Health Service and various state health departments, has eventuated in the opening of a large number of cancer detection centers throughout the country.

A cancer detection center represents a case-finding clinic to which only persons who are free from symptoms are supposed to be admitted for examination. If a patient presents himself with a symptom referable to a specific organ or system, he is not examined at a detection center, but is referred to his physician or a clinic where he may be dealt with according to his symptoms.

From Nov. 1, 1946 to July 31, 1947, a period of nine months, 1,709 persons were examined in detection centers in the state of Maryland. In this group, seventeen carcinomas were found, a prevalence rate of

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