Sunday, May 25, 2008

Precancer: small representation in the literature

Regular readers of this blog know that I have been a long-time proponent for studying the precancers. Precancers are easy to treat. Cancers are hard to treat. Treat the precancers and eliminate the cancers that would have developed. It's really simple. Unfortunately, cancer researchers spend most of their time and money trying to treat cancers, when they should be devoting more of their effort on the precancers.

Today, I went to pubmed and searched for citations related to cancer and to precancer. Here are the results. Each term is followed by the number of pubmed citations (research articles) that have the term contained in the title.

cancer 388,888
tumor 143,219

precancer 347
premalignant 1,314
permalignancy 66
intraepithelial neoplasia 2,533
preneoplastic 1128
preneoplasia 92

The numbers indicate that precancer receives a tiny fraction of the research effort devoted to cancer.

- Jules Berman

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