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February 17, 1923


Author Affiliations

From the Surgical Service of Dr. Max Ballin, Harper Hospital.

JAMA. 1923;80(7):448-451. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02640340004002

An important phase of any discussion of cancer is the campaign of education, which aims to make progress by wider utilization of the facts already at hand regarding the disease rather than by relying on the development of new procedures to increase the number of our cures. We already have sufficient knowledge to alleviate the suffering of many times the number of victims that we help at the present time, yet how much cancer do we cure? How soon does the average case become hopeless? How late are we when we ordinarily attack the disease, and therefore how much or how little chance will a given individual have? These are pertinent questions, unfortunately susceptible of only indirect answers; but they indicate the extent of the problem before us and, as such, should demand our attention.

The cancer problem of a community is not how many operative cures have been reported