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February 6, 1932


JAMA. 1932;98(6):482-483. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02730320042013

In a survey made through a number of government hospitals recently, including 319 cases of cancer in ex-service men, of whom 68.7 per cent were veterans of the World War, 81.2 per cent of the tumors were carcinomas and 15.4 per cent sarcomas. A positive hereditary and familial history was found in 52 cases; of these, 69.2 per cent gave an hereditary history of cancer and 21.2 per cent a familial history. Matz1 believes that, as the ex-service men grow older, the number of cases with an hereditary or familial history will increase. The most frequent sites of the tumors were the skin, lip, stomach, lymph nodes, rectum, buccal cavity and bladder. The average age of the whole group at the time of onset of cancer was 43 years. There was no indication of any relation between occupation and the particular site of the cancer. However, 40 per cent