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November 1984

Colorectal cancer goal: early detection, therapy for 75% five-year survival

Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(11):2125-2133. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.04400020025003

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[ill] year, an estimated 130,000 Ameri[ill] most of them over 40 years of age, [ill] develop colorectal cancer.

[ill]lthough this form of the disease is [ill] only to lung cancer in men and [ill]st cancer in women as a cause of [ill]cer-related deaths in the United [ill]tes, the cure rate can be as high as [ill] if it is discovered and treated early [ill]ugh. And, today, effective treat[ill]nt seldom involves permanent co[ill]omy for the patient.

[ill]hysicians speaking at the sympo[ill] "Colorectal Cancer: New Insights [ill] a Preventable Disease," sponsored [ill] the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Can[ill] Center and the American Cancer [ill]iety, both of New York City, recom[ill] emphasis on public awareness and [ill] of early detection methods in coping [ill] this cancer.

Drs Rakel and Winawer

Because the primary care physician is [ill] the first to be consulted for many [ill]dical problems, says Robert E. [ill]kel, MD, professor and head of

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