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August 28, 1996

Cancer Screening

Author Affiliations

Rochester General Hospital Rochester, NY

JAMA. 1996;276(8):653-654. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540080075039

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"It seems intuitive that cancer screening is beneficial.... Yet despite being an intuitive or reasonable concept, cancer screening remains difficult, controversial, and often confusing." With this beginning, the editors of Cancer Screening, from the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla, proceed to make this topic less difficult, less confusing, but probably even more controversial than it was previously in the minds of most readers. In a meticulously documented, clear, and concise fashion, Cancer Screening provides a state-of-the-art description of the role of screening for various types of cancers. In addition, in a thorough and easily understood introduction, the editors review the principles of cancer screening in a manner that even the statistically challenged should be able to comprehend.

Seven chapters discuss screening for each of the major tumor types, and an eighth examines screening for a variety of less common malignancies. For each type of cancer, the literature