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June 13, 1966

The Great Cancer Epidemic

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Los Angeles

JAMA. 1966;196(11):1026-1027. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100240160055

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To the Editor:—  "A 14% Prevalence Deserves Our Respect!"More than deserving respect, a 14% prevalence of carcinoma of the cervix among women in their twenties should cause alarm. The actual prevalence in the study was approximately 0.7%, assuming the 18,160 examinations to have been in that number of individual women. Even then, it was only a prevalence among the examined.The 14% "prevalence" represented the percentage of all patients with cervical cancer who were aged 20 through 29 years at the time of diagnosis.

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