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August 2, 1941

Cancer and Occupation in Denmark 1935-1939

JAMA. 1941;117(5):404. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820310076031

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This study is based on the official records of the Danish National Health Service, which are known to be well kept. It was supported by the Danish Anti-Cancer League, which has one hundred and fifty thousand members. As the population of Denmark is about 3 1/2 millions, approximately one person in twenty-three is a member of the Anti-Cancer League. First come discussions of earlier Danish cancer statistics, the character of the Danish death certificates and the regional distribution of cancer in Denmark. The yearly deaths from cancer during 1935-1939 were 140 per hundred thousand of population. Then follow the classification of male "bread winners" in Denmark according to occupation with tables and analytic diagrams of the cancer mortality of the different occupation and age groups, general as well as according to sites. The outstanding result of the work "is the low mortality from cancer in agriculture and the high mortality

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