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July 28, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(13):1197-1201. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670130019007

Cancer of the genital organs accounted for 24.2% of all deaths due to cancer in females in 1947 in the United States.1 The uterus is by far the most frequent site, uterine cancer accounting for 18.1% of the deaths. If cervical cancer accounts for approximately 80% of all uterine cancer, the deaths from cervical cancer alone may be estimated to make up about 14% of all deaths due to cancer in females. This is important when one considers that Stage I cancer of the cervix (as classified according to international agreement adopted at the International and Fourth American Congress on Obstetrics and Gynecology, New York, May, 1950) can be cured in 80% of all patients and international Stage 0 cancer in approximately 100%; yet the general survival rate from carcinoma of the cervix is in the neighborhood of 30%, because of a preponderance of advanced cases.

For many years, but

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