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January 29, 1927

CANCER OF THE BREAST IN JAPAN

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Newark, N. J.

JAMA. 1927;88(5):342. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680310054028

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —My attention has been directed to a letter by Dr. B. M. Fried (The Journal, October 23, p. 1411) with reference to my view on the rarity of cancer of the breast in Japanese women. Permit me to recall to you a letter of mine (The Journal, Nov. 17, 1923, p. 1711) in which I gave official statistics for Japan for the period 1911-1921, showing conclusively that the recorded mortality from cancer of the breast in Japanese women was only about 2 per hundred thousand against nearly ten times that rate for our American population. In the census report on cancer for 1914, the American rate for cancer of the breast was given as 16.9, but it has since unquestionably increased and is probably not far from 20 per hundred thousand. I therefore fail to see any reason why my statement that cancer of the breast in

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