May 17, 1930


JAMA. 1930;94(20):1616. doi:10.1001/jama.1930.02710460070025

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Official Cancer Statistics  The Prussian Bureau of Statistics reports that 185,600 persons died of cancer in Prussia during the period 1923-1927 (81,200 men, 104,400 women). In 129,500 persons (66,800 men, 62,700 women), the digestive organs were the seat of the disorder. In 15 per cent, or 26,700, the reproductive organs were involved; in 3 per cent, or 5,700, the respiratory organs; in 2 per cent, or 3,975, the urinary organs, and in 1 per cent, or only 1,990, the external covering of the body was affected. The organs of sense, the nerves, the bones and the joints were involved in only about 2 per cent of the cases. Three per cent of the cases were abdominal cancer, without specification of the abdominal organ affected. From 4 to 5 per cent of all cancer death reports contained no reference to the seat of the fatal disease. Thus, the abdomen, its organs,

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