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February 16, 1907

The Relation of Abortion to Cancer of the Uterus.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(7):625. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520330067016

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North Platte, Neb., Jan. 31, 1907.

To the Editor:  —In looking over several articles on cancer of the uterus recently published in The Journal I find, that in giving the causes of uterine cancer, two things were not considered, which I believe to be either predisposing or exciting causes of this disease. I refer to self-induced abortions and miscarriages and to office treatments. My purpose is simply to call attention to two things which I think play an important part in the etiology of uterine cancer. It can be understood how the trauma incident to an abortion self induced, with a crochet hook, pencil or some such instrument, could furnish the necessary conditions for the starting point of cancer. I think it would have a wholesome effect on the minds of some of our female patients if the fact became generally known to the laity that an abortion may result

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