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October 28, 1961


JAMA. 1961;178(4):415-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040430051014

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Teenagers began to receive extravagant attention as a sociologic unity after the last great war. We have worried about their dating habits, their schooling or lack of it, their automobile driving records, and many other forces that were shaping their future performance as adults and voters. And now it seems, according to an article appearing in this issue of The Journal (p. 365), we are going to have to worry about teenage girls having positive cancer smears.

In good time we can expect that cancer screening in these young ones, whether they be wild ones or not, will find its true place in medical practice and in American life. An attendant problem, not within the scope of the present report, concerns the comportment we as physicians are going to exhibit to these young women and their families when there has been returned a positive, or suspicious, cancer test—or any other

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