It is one thing to recognize cancer early, i. e. when it is first seen, but it is quite another to recognize early cancer, i. e. cancer in its incipience. It is to the recognition of early cancer that I shall confine my remarks.
When one considers that genital carcinoma comprises about 2 per cent of cancers in the male while it forms about 27 per cent of cancers in the female, its comparative importance is at once manifest. In general it may be said that of all women suffering from cancer about one third are afflicted with uterine cancer. Of these about 80 per cent have cancer originating in the cervix uteri.
The foregoing remarks would represent only statistical repetitions did they not develop the startling revelation that one of the organs most commonly involved in cancer in women is situated suitably for direct visualization, palpation and instrumentation as
MARTZLOFF KH. CANCER OF THE CERVIX UTERI: RECOGNITION OF EARLY MANIFESTATIONS: CLINICAL LECTURE AT SAN FRANCISCO SESSION. JAMA. 1938;111(21):1921–1925. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790470003010
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