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December 24, 1973

Cancer in Married Couples

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San Antonio, Texas

JAMA. 1973;226(13):1572. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03230130060037

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To the Editor.—  In "The Incidence of Cancer in Married Couples" (226:201, 1973) by Drs. Walach and Horn, the study at the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, covered a period of 15 years from 1958 to 1972 and dealt with 20,000 new cancer patients. Among these, there were 15 couples in whom both husband and wife had malignant tumors.They make the statement, "No significant sex difference could be seen concerning the earlier appearance of the tumor in the men or the women." They further point out that there were among these 15 couples a combination of breast cancer in the woman and lung cancer in the man in seven couples. They further state that no conclusion can be drawn from this, since both these tumors are frequent in any group of cancer patients. Their final conclusion is that these concomitant tumors in both husband and wife are more of a