S.L. Parker, T. Tong, S. Bolden, P.A. Wingo, "Cancer Statistics, 1997," CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians , 47:5-27, 1997. (Cited in more than 545 papers since publication)

Phyllis A. Wingo
Comments by Phyllis A. Wingo, director of the Surveillance Research Program at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta

Because cancer registries are not fully operational in every state, it's difficult to get a reliable calculation of the number of new cancer cases that occur in the United States each year. For more than 20 years the American Cancer Society (ACS) has been publishing annual reports in its journal CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians that include estimates of the number of new cancer cases and cancer deaths expected to occur in the upcoming year. As is typical of these reports, the 1997 version had a considerable impact.

"Scientists ... and the general public want to know an estimate or an...

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