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October 16, 1937

Report of the Seventh Australian Cancer Conference Held at Melbourne, 4th-8th May, 1936

JAMA. 1937;109(16):1304-1305. doi:10.1001/jama.1937.02780420064037

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Abstract

This report contains a general review of developments in cancer control in Australia during 1935 by Dr. M. J. Holmes, the review of the activities of the Commonwealth X-ray and Radium Laboratory and the physical services in the states for 1935 by Dr. C. E. Eddy, the review of developments of cancer control in New Zealand during 1935 and a review of Australian cancer mortality statistics by Dr. Holmes, as well as the paper read by Dr. Eddy on Some Recent Develoments in Radiological Physics.

From the general clinical point of view the cancer statistics presented by Dr. Holmes are most interesting. The mortality statistics demonstrate definitely that the mortality curve from cancer shows a steady tendency upward, although fluctuations do occur. This increase is in definite relation to the older age grouping of the population, as is also shown elsewhere. Most interesting, however, is the proportion which cancers of

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