By including Education as one of the main divisions of its work, the American Journal of Cancer frankly admits that there exist discrepancies in knowledge and in behavior which can be decreased or eliminated by it as a medium. This point of view is capable of confirmation by clear and impelling evidence.
This evidence bears on the need of education and may be derived from two general sources. The first of these is formed by hospital records and vital statistics; the second consists of results of research on the causes and nature of cancer. From the former is gained information on the stage at which cancer comes under medical observation and the success of various therapeutic and surgical treatments. The latter gives important facts which, by arousing interest and by stimulating thought and discussion, increase the confidence of both the public and the medical profession.
Because of the defectiveness of our knowledge concerning the origin and nature of cancer as compared with most, if not all of the other great causes of human mortality, educational work in the field of cancer should be undertaken in a spirit of sincere humility and wholehearted coöperation.
With this in mind it may be well to analyze the situation as it appears to exist at present. Such an analysis may perhaps serve to clarify the objectives of educational work and to bring into the open some of the handicaps which it is certain to experience.