Medicine: Capsules, Apr. 13, 1953

¶ Seventy thousand lives were saved last year by early detection of cancer, the American Cancer Society estimated. If every case had been detected early and treated by the best known methods, 140,000 might have been saved. Launching it's 1953 drive for $18 million, the society said that with present knowledge, cancer-cure rates can be increased thus: lung, 5% to 50%; rectum, 15% to 75%; mouth, 40% to 65%; skin, 85% to 95%; female reproductive system, from 30% to 80%; breast, 35% to 70%.

¶ The University of Pittsburgh's Dr. Jonas E. Salk, of polio-vaccine fame, reported in the A.M.A. Journal that...

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