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June 1928

Cancer Control. Report of an International Symposium Held Under the Auspices of the American Society for the Control of Cancer

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1928;41(6):927-928. doi:10.1001/archinte.1928.00130180160015

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This volume of 336 pages represents the opinions of a large number of prominent authorities, both clinicians and laboratory workers, on all phases of the problem of lessening the mortality from cancer. One person in ten today is destined to die of cancer and one in five of those over 45.

Little new knowledge of the disease was reported at this meeting, and the discussions were mainly confined to generalities and problems of educating the laity and the family practitioner in the importance of early diagnosis and radical surgery. Radiotherapy was given but a limited field and then generally in the cases which were otherwise hopeless. The small fields of prevention in such pitifully few cases of cancer the etiology of which is known were discussed, and other highly controversial material was discussed but was considered unfit for general acceptance.

A favorable result in the campaign of the last few

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