Medicine: Unsuspected Cancer

Every year, no less than 16,000 U.S. women, most of them comparatively young, die of cancer of the cervix. Doctors have long known that the key to controlling cancer is prompt diagnosis, and they have convinced a large section of the public that if a woman has any suspicious symptoms she should go at once to her doctor for examination. But that is not enough, the A.M.A. Journal warned last week: if the needlessly early deaths from cervical cancers are to be avoided, women who have no apparent symptoms of the disease must also take a cancer test.

Boston's Dr. Maurice Fremont-Smith...

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