Gan Toriatsukai Kiyaku

Noriaki Egawa

18 October 2000

To contribute to the continuing investigation and treatment of cancer, and eradicate cancerous diseases, by applying common criteria (or rules) internationally, the International Union Against Cancer (UICC), the American Joint Committee on Cancer (AJCC), and the General Rules Committees of cancer-related medical societies in Japan, have published classifications and/or rules of cancer, and have revised them according to accumulated statistical data.
Cancer is a multistage disease with a malignant nature, which cannot be classified simply. So the criteria (or rules) involve aspects of biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, epidemiology, etc., as well as clinical and histopathological aspects. However, principles of the basic criteria (or rules) are composed of systematic and common matters.
The systematic, common, and basic criteria (or rules) were explained from the viewpoint of medical science and medical terminology.

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