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Screening for Cancer

  • Robert M. Kaplan
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The American Cancer Society has promoted breast cancer screening through a number of celebrities, including Soraya, a Colombian Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter with great appeal in the Hispanic community. Soraya is a 36-year-old breast cancer survivor. She is also a spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. In 2006, the ACS estimated that 212,920 women in the USA would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Furthermore, the society projected some 40,970 breast cancer deaths for 2006. Stunned by these data, Soraya decided to take a break from her music career to promote mammography, the American Cancer Society’s main weapon in the war against the disease.1 In the official view of the ACS, mammography is the essential tool for identifying cancer early so that it can be stopped in its tracks.

Yet, despite the broad appeal and acceptance of mammography and other cancer-screening tests, there is lingering concern about the scientific justification for their use. The...

Keywords

Breast Cancer Rectal Cancer Cancer Screening American Cancer Society Screen Mammography 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Kaplan
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  1. 1.UCLA School of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA

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