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October 4, 1947


JAMA. 1947;135(5):276-278. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02890050016005

The purpose of this article is to emphasize the importance of the early detection of cancer and to describe the Cancer Prevention and Detection Clinic of the Queens General Hospital. It is hoped that this paper will encourage other hospitals to establish similar clinics.

The first principle in the control of cancer is the recognition that the persistently high mortality is due first, to patients seeking medical aid when in a relatively advanced stage and second, to the failure of the initial examining physician to recognize early miniature malignant growths.

The public, due to the effective educational campaign of the American Cancer Society, has been taught to seek medical advice at an early date and is now prepared for a preventive type of cancer control. But many members of the medical profession are not equipped or lack the time to give the complete examinations necessary to rule out beginning cancer.

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