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April 20, 1963

Carcinoma of the Cervix

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Richmond, Calif.

JAMA. 1963;184(3):250. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700160126028

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To the Editor:  —I am intrigued by your statement that carcinoma of the cervix accounts for 75% of all the malignant tumors (JAMA 182:674 [Nov 10] 1962).In the September-October, 1961, issue (Vol 11, No 5, p 204) of the Cancer booklet published by the American Cancer Society, Inc., the following table of cancer sites is given for the United States:In the July-August, 1962, issue (Vol 12, No 4, p 122) of the same publication the following statistic appears:Carcinoma of the cervix constitutes 11 per cent of all cancers and 55 to 65 per cent of all cancers of the reproductive system.This applies to cancers of the female reproductive system. It is also a well-established fact that there is a considerable regional variation in the incidence of gynecologic malignancies.On page 155 of the same issue the statement is made that, "Carcinoma of the colon and rectum

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