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To the Editor:
—I have recently had occasion to consider the mortality statistics from cancer of a number of representative governments. ("Cancer and Civilization," Prudential Press, Newark, N, J., 1923). In this investigation I was not able to give extended consideration to Asiatic governments for which trustworthy statistics are available. However, I here present certain statistics for Japan which may be of interest to your readers, together with a brief table of the cancer mortality of five cities of Finland. I have not been able to secure the cancer mortality statistics of Japan for 1919. (Furnished by the Statistical Division, Army Medical Library, Washington, D. C.)Table 1 shows the mortality from all forms of cancer in Japan during the period 1911-1921, excluding 1919.According to this table, the cancer death rate of Japan during the present decade has increased from 66.9 to 76.1 per hundred thousand of population. The
Hoffman FL. MORTALITY FROM CANCER. JAMA. 1923;81(20):1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650200061031