Of the many interesting questions that have emerged from the intensive study of cancer which has been conducted during the last seventy years, two of the most important are: Is cancer actually increasing? and Is it really curable? As is well known, in recent years, the first question has been answered in the affirmative by some statisticians, in the negative by others; and some critical students regard the material at hand insufficient in both quantity and quality for final judgment. The confession is made freely by surgeons of talent, training and indubitable probity that their just claims of high percentages of permanent cures in suitable cases, treated early by mechanical measures, are not generally accepted at face value by the bulk of the laity and of the medical profession. In the time at my disposal, it is not possible to review the now voluminous literatures on these two questions. Following
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