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December 26, 1966

The American Woman: What Are Her Chances Against Cancer In 1967?

JAMA. 1966;198(13):39-40. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110260017006

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Intensive cancer education efforts increasingly are bringing the American woman to her physician.

And medical science is working just as intensively to provide effective detection and treatment techniques when she gets there.

Even so, the American Cancer Society predicts, cancer of the genital organs will kill more than 23,500 American women in 1967.

About 9,800 of these deaths, the Society estimates, will involve cancer of the cervix. Cancer of the corpus uteri will be involved in 3,700 deaths, and ovarian cancer in 9,100.

On the other hand, available federal figures indicate that the age-adjusted death rate for uterine cancer per 100,000 women in the US declined almost 50%, from 24.2 in 1943 to 12.6 by 1963.

Considerable credit for the decline is given to the sampling technique named for the late George N. Papanicolaou, MD, who developed it.

Serial studies in the US concluded in 1961 that about 30 of