Medicine: Fatal Delay

Specialists contend that most types of cancer, if caught early enough, can be cured.* The big problem is spotting cancer in time. Every year, 30,000 people in the U.S. discover that they have cancer; at least one-third discover it so late that they are doomed to die within the year.

Are patients at fault for this fatal delay? Last week two experts admitted that in far too many cases, late diagnosis of cancer is not the patient's but the doctor's fault.

Drs. John E. Leach and Guy F. Robbins of Manhattan's Memorial Hospital questioned some 50 cancer patients. They found that 28%,...

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