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October 1962

Cancer Prevention

Arch Otolaryngol. 1962;76(4):293-294. doi:10.1001/archotol.1962.00740050303001

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Abstract

The limitations of effective cancer therapy and the relative and absolute increases in the number of cancer cases strengthen the need to educate physicians and the public in known carcinogenic factors and proven methods of prevention.

Samp, in the March 31, 1962, Journal of the American Medical Association, lists 40 preventive measures that have been scientifically established. He concludes that education in cancer prevention must begin with the doctor, and yet he found that the majority of practicing physicians are vague and doubtful concerning the possibilities of cancer prevention, even when it comes to such clear-cut and wellestablished measures as avoidance of tobacco, avoidance of male smegma on the female cervix, and avoidance of excessive ultraviolet light exposure. Thus he found that two-thirds of practicing physicians are smokers, while at the University of Wisconsin (where awareness in cancer prevention is presumably greater) about one-quarter are smokers, contrasting with doctors working

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