The New York City Cancer Committee is now entering its fifth year of cancer education. The response to its campaign has, in the writers' opinion, justified the Committee's approach to a serious public problem. In its first four years, the Committee has seen the number of persons coming to it for information and advice increase from 615 in 1927, to 1,905 the next year, and to 2,035 in 1929; and the indications are that the number will be much larger for 1930.
Covering an urban population of about 7,000,000 persons, of many different nationalities, this metropolitan field has an estimated cancer population in excess of 25,000. Many of these sufferers are already in the care of private physicians and public institutions, but there remain thousands who, through either ignorance or unreasoning fear, are not receiving proper diagnosis and care during the early stages of the disease. It is to carry a message to them that the New York City Cancer Committee has worked out, as a result of its first four years' experience, a program of public education.
A detailed account of the technic and results of such a campaign may be of interest to those planning similar educational work.