Survival Data From a Multiphasic Mobile Cancer Detection Unit

Oncology. 1976;33(4):179-82. doi: 10.1159/000225138.


Individuals with early cancer rarely have symptoms, through it is at this state that the best prognosis can be afforded. 22 out of 5,232-patients screened in a Mobile Cancer Detection Unit (MCDU) received cancer diagnosis (exclusive of skin cancer). These patients have enjoyed much greater survival than expected. For instance, only three have died versus and expected 7.5. Calculations show that if all cancer patients in the United States had a similar increase in survival, then the lives of at least 120,000-persons could be extended each year. These limited data must be interpreted cautiously. Nevertheless, they do hold promise since only a few percentage points increase in survival when measured against the full impact of the cancer problem will show significant patient benefit.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Breast Neoplasms / mortality
  • Colonic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Expectancy
  • Male
  • Mass Screening
  • Middle Aged
  • Mobile Health Units
  • Nebraska
  • Neoplasms / mortality
  • Neoplasms / prevention & control*
  • Time Factors