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October 7, 1968


JAMA. 1968;206(2):237-252. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150020007003

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Cancer Of Lung More Frequent— 'Prognosis Grave  'About one in every 40 deaths in the United States is caused by lung cancer and this situation probably will escalate in the next decade.Statistics compiled by the National Institutes of Health put the annual total of deaths from all causes at 1,800,000. In 1965, cancer accounted for an estimated 294,000 deaths, and 46,000 of these people died of lung cancer.The annual number of lung cancer victims is expected to increase. The NIH projection for 1975 foresees 341,000 cancer deaths, including 65,000 due to lung cancer. Five out of six lung cancer victims are men.Sidney J. Cutler, ScD, told the Sixth National Cancer Conference in Denver that lung cancer is the only relatively prevalent cancer type that shows an increase in mortality.Only about 2,900 cases were diagnosed in 1930, when 2,800 persons died of lung cancer. The figure reached