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Cancer of the Breast Figures Which Show That Education Can Increase the Number of Cures

Joseph C. Bloodgood, M.D.
JAMA. 2016;315(7):709. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.17074.
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I have had the impression, especially during the past five years, that the relative proportion of benign lesions of the breast is steadily changing, and that the percentage of benign lesions is on the increase. This change was associated with a shorter duration of the disease, that is, women were seeking advice earlier. I did not realize, however, or even dare hope that this fortunate change would be as great as it proved to be.

December 12, the figures were completed in a study of 1,577 cases recorded in the Surgical Pathological Laboratory of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Further investigation may change these figures slightly, but the evidence is sufficient to justify a preliminary report now, because, it seems to me, it is the most favorable and encouraging evidence that we have up to date—so favorable, that it seems almost just to state that education of women and of the profession can cure cancer of the breast.

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