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March 20, 1937

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JAMA. 1937;108(12):976. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780120046017

CANCER SOCIETY PROMOTES WOMEN'S FIELD ARMY  During the week of March 21 to March 27, women throughout the United States will have an opportunity to enlist in a new movement known as the Women's Field Army of the American Society for the Control of Cancer. The movement has received the endorsement of the Board of Trustees of the American Medical Association and is one to which physicians everywhere may lend their support. The object of the campaign is, of course, education of women regarding the nature of cancer, encouragement to periodic examination and enlistment of interest. Approximately 140,000 die each year in the United States from cancer. A considerable portion, perhaps even half, of these might have their lives prolonged if the condition came soon enough to the attention of a physician for suitable treatment. Since women suffer more from cancer than do men, and since the type of cancer