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Carcinoma of the Cervix: Its Diagnosis and Treatment

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Abstract

In spite of the numerous articles which have been written on the subject of carcinoma of the cervix as well as the educational campaign which The American Society for the Control of Cancer has sponsored, a recent review of the histories of patients whom I personally have examined and treated shows that the disease was just as far advanced in those seen in 1935 as those seen in 1920.

For many years, women refused operation for cancer of the cervix because they felt that early recurrence usually occurred following operation, so that little was to be gained by this procedure. The extensive and successful use of radium in the past 15 years should have eliminated this objection, but the laity has come to believe that the pain which accompanies the late stages of the disease is due to a radium burn and for this reason many patients refuse radium treatment. Therefore, in spite of an educational campaign to inform women of the danger of carcinoma of the cervix, and in spite of the advances in the use of radium, many patients with this condition still do not present themselves for treatment until the disease has advanced to an incurable stage.

On the other hand, it is frequently found that many of these patients with advanced carcinoma of the cervix have consulted a physician from four to six months previously, only to be assured that they had no cause for worry. Had the true nature of the condition been recognized and. . .


 

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