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July 7, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(10):956-957. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670100076028

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Discovery of Cancer of the Stomach by Mass Radiography.  —The latest publication from the Norwegian Radium Hospital comes from Dr. Selmer Rennæs, who makes an urgent plea, in the organ of the Norwegian Medical Association (Tidsskrift for Den Norske Laegeforening), April 15, 1951, for the systematic radiographic examination of everyone over the age of 50. He cites the findings of two large Norwegian hospitals, where in recent times only 17% of the patients with cancer of the stomach underwent resection. The percentage of operable cases could be raised by the routine periodic examination of the feces for blood in persons of cancer age, but experience has shown that the public is unwilling to cooperate wholeheartedly in such a measure. On the other hand, systematic radiographic examinations are accepted quite willingly. According to the experience of the Radium Hospital, it is possible to examine some 30 to 50 persons hourly

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