The experiences of the New York City Department of Health in the five years during which it has operated several cancer prevention-detection clinics constitute the basis for this presentation; in addition, information from other divisions of the health department has been utilized. This paper presents the findings of 5,687 initial examinations at three cancer prevention-detection centers, covering the period from September, 1947, to April, 1953.
It is extremely difficult to evaluate the cancer problem in New York City with its heterogeneous population. While cancer is not reportable in New York City, it is reportable in New York state outside of New York City. On the basis of the age and sex specific incidence rates published by the Bureau of Cancer Control of the New York State Department of Health, it is estimated that between 20,000 and 25,000 cases of cancer are newly diagnosed annually in the city. In 1952, 15,433