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In Situ and Invasive Carcinoma of the Cervix Uteri

John T. Godwin, M.D.
JAMA. 1961;175(10):923-924. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040100087026.
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To the Editor:—  I am writing in reference to the editorial, "Carcinoma In Situ and Invasive Carcinoma of Cervix Uteri," which appeared in The Journal, Nov. 5, 1960, page 1323. It is possible that the last paragraph on page 1324 might be misleading, in that removal from the context of the original article, "Progress in Fundamental Medicine," by J. F. A. McManus, in which it appeared gives it a different connotation.Stoddard stated at the outset that "it has been suggested that carcinoma in situ of the cervix is found unusually often in pregnant uteri and that the lesion may regress after parturition. There have been only a few investigations specifically toward verification of these two beliefs, and even tentative conclusions are very likely premature." Also, "as already noted, the question of how often in situ carcinoma becomes invasive is not settled in the nonpregnant or the pregnant state. Moreover,


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