Statistics of Cancer in East London

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    THE Ministry of Health has issued a report by Dr. Janet Forber (née Lane-Claypon) dealing with incurable cases of cancer in east London (Reps, on Pub. Health and Med. Subjects, No. 66. H.M. Stationery Office. Is. net). There appears to be no shortage of medical and nursing care and hospital accommodation for these patients. The sample of 1983 cases investigated brings out (as other investigations have done) a contrast in sex incidence of the disease, namely, the great preponderance of cancer of the lip, tongue, mouth, pharynx, and larynx in the male, and cancer of the reproductive organs in the female. The mean age at death is low for fatal cancer of the uterus, ovary, and, in both sexes, the lung and pleura, and high for fatal cancer of the skin and prostate. The mean duration of in-patient care for those who seek hospital treatment is only 2.28 months, being less than one month for 46 per cent, suggesting that the terminal and troublesome stage of fatal cancer is, happily, of short duration.

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    Statistics of Cancer in East London. Nature 129, 91 (1932) doi:10.1038/129091c0

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