Cancer: Is Intercourse a Factor?

The brightest chapter in the history of cancer control in the U.S. relates to cancer of the uterus, the second commonest form of the disease in women. Once, it was almost invariably fatal. Now, although 42,000 American women develop the disease each year, two-thirds are saved by surgery. Medical authorities are confident that virtually all the remaining cases could be cured by earlier detection and prompt treatment.

As they analyze the success already achieved, researchers are finding that it resulted not only from cell tests ("Pap smears") but also from many other factors. And in pursuing their search for the...

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