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November 17, 1923


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Wellesley Hills, Mass.

JAMA. 1923;81(20):1711. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650200061031

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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

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