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In 2002, cancer patients made 25.3 million office visits to their physicians.

Woodwell D, Cherry D. National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002 Summary. Advance Data. 2004; 346. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15460863

Reference

Title
National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2002 Summary
Publication
Advance Data
Publisher
National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention
Publication Date
2004
Authors
Woodwell D, Cherry D
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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