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August 26, 1933


Author Affiliations

Field Representative, American Society for the Control of Cancer, New York EVANSTON, ILL.

JAMA. 1933;101(9):672-674. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740340024006

The cancer problem today is one of the greatest challenges facing the medical profession. With an insidious and usually painless onset, an increasing death rate, many unknown factors in etiology and the lack of opportunity for seeing many cases in the early and curable stages of the disease, the profession is faced with a monumental task in developing an effective program of prevention and control.

Whether or not cancer is actually increasing is beside the point as far as this discussion is concerned. Statistically one knows that the death rate is increasing steadily, and since 1900 has been stepped up nearly 65 per cent. Cancer is being found in the younger age groups more frequently than formerly, authentic cases of carcinoma having been reported in the new-born and in children under 2 years of age. In 1930 more than 115,000 deaths from this disease were reported from the registration area

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