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May 23, 1908

THE PREVALENCE OF CANCER IN THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS.

JAMA. 1908;L(21):1663-1665. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310470001001
Abstract

From a perusal of the literature on cancer, one is led to believe that carcinoma is either very rare, or does not exist at all in tropical and subtropical countries. To show that this is not the case, in the Philippine Islands at least, is the purpose of this paper.

As a reason for the non-existence of the disease in tropical countries, is given the fact that the people subsist practically on a vegetable diet. They live almost entirely on rice and starchy tubers, varied, when possible, with, perhaps, a little fish, shellfish, or other sea food. The Filipino is not a vegetarian by choice, but is forced to be so of necessity. His consumption of meat is only limited by his ability to buy it. The vast majority practically never taste meat. The middle class eat a limited amount of native pork, while the wealthy class, principally confined to

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