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March 17, 1951

Cancer Services and Facilities in the United States, 1950

JAMA. 1951;145(11):854. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920290080031

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Compiled largely from questionnaires completed by state health departments and state agencies, this third report on cancer facilities brings the information up to the close of 1949. Except for seven pages of summary, the material consists entirely of tables for each state and territory. Among the interesting facts cited in this report are the following data: Cancer is reportable in 28 states and the Virgin Islands; cancer registers exist in 38 states. State appropriations for cancer control vary from $2,290 to $300,000 per year. There are 286 cancer detection centers, 631 cancer clinics and approximately 165 diagnostic clinics. Three state health departments operate mobile cancer detection or diagnostic units. Sixteen hospitals in the United States are devoted entirely to cancer; six other institutions care for cancer patients in the advanced stages of the disease, and 35 states and territories provide tissue diagnostic services. Cytology test services are available, in half

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