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February 7, 1966

The Malignant Uterus Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Author Affiliations


From the Area Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, United Oxford Hospitals, Oxford, England.

JAMA. 1966;195(6):465-470. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100060105028

One hundred years is not a long time in the history of mankind. If by "yesterday" we mean the beginning of the century, the malignant uterus was then almost invariably fatal. The way of death was painful, miserably offensive, and often prolonged, but hope had dawned for the future. If by "tomorrow" we mean the end of the century, 35 years from now, it is safe to prophesy that carcinoma of the cervix will have taken its place with smallpox and poliomyelitis as a generally recognized preventable disease. It is not improbable that the same will apply to carcinoma of the corpus. There will be a great and progressive reduction in the incidence of cervical cancer and a corresponding relative increase in carcinoma in situ and microinvasive lesions. Stage 1 cancer will be diagnosed in the early phase of invasion and the cure rate will be nearly 100%. One result

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