The cancer problem is unquestionably the most important one before the medical profession to-day. Cancer has always been dreaded by every human being. Owing to the public belief in the incurability of cancer, and the apparent failure, up to the present time, of the surgeon to demonstrate the contrary, there has been a lack of cooperation between public and physician in the endeavor to wipe out this disease. Little progress, therefore, has been made.
Thre has been a steady increase in the number of cancer victims. According to statistics of the Aetna Life Insurance Co. from 1870 to 1906, of the total deaths in 1870, 426, or 2.6 per cent., were caused by cancer; while in 1906, of 1,514 deaths, 111, or 7.3 per cent., were caused by cancer.
Southgate Leigh reports that there were about 70 per cent. of deaths from cancer to 100,000 people in the United States
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