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January 17, 1931

Report on Cancer of the Lip, Tongue and Skin: An Analysis of the Literature from a Statistical Standpoint, with Special Reference to the Results of Treatment.

JAMA. 1931;96(3):216. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720290060043

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The reports regularly prepared by Dr. Lane-Claypon are recognized everywhere as valuable contributions to our knowledge of cancer. The present consideration covers cancer of the lip, tongue and skin. It is pointed out that the rates for men and women are approximately equal, whereas in 1850 the rate for women was twice that for men. In the organs here considered, cancer is frequently preceded by some simple and harmless condition, such as a pimple, wart or ulcer. It is impossible to know when any of these conditions will become cancerous; however, the change from the benign to the malignant condition is probably comparatively rapid and striking enough to excite attention. Cancer in the skin and in the lip is readily curable if seen early. It is important for the patient to realize that a change is taking place and to get proper attention promptly. The pamphlet provides a great deal

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