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August 1952


AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1952;56(2):142-147. doi:10.1001/archotol.1952.00710020161005

CANCER of the head and neck comprises from 12 to 14% of all cancers of the body. If the cancer is seen and treated early, the prognosis compares favorably with that of any other malignant growth. A large percentage of the laity and a great many physicians as well feel that a malignant tumor in this region is hopeless and that treatment is useless, but, fortunately, such is not the case. When the growth is large, i. e., exceeding 2 cm. in diameter, five-year cures average between 20 and 30%. On the other hand, when the growth is small, i. e., measuring not over 2 cm., the five-year cures increase to 50 to 60%, proving that the earlier the diagnosis is made, the better the prognosis.

We laryngologists are usually the first specialists to examine these patients, and it behooves us to make an accurate and early diagnosis. This is