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Chelsea 1960

Annual report of the Medical Officer of Health for the year 1960

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CANCER OF THE LUNG AND BRONCHUS
Thirty deaths (Males 25 and Females 5) from this cause were
recorded, as compared with thirty-six in 1959. The following
table briefly gives details of the deaths of Chelsea residents
during the years 1951 to 1960 (inclusive), and whilst over such a
short period it is not clear that abstinence from the habit of
"smoking" results in more satisfactory returns in respect to deaths,
it would appear obvious that morbidity is steadily increasing from
this cause.
Year
Males
Females
Totals
Percentage
of Deaths
Registered
1951 16 - 16 2.3
1952 27 6 33 5.0
1953 16 4 20 2.9
1954 20 7 27 3.7
1955 21 8 29 3.5
1956 25 6 31 3.8
1957 16 6 22 2.9
1958 22 6 28 4.0
1959 31 5 36 4.9
1960 25 5 30 4.2
Averages 21.9 5.3 27.2 3.7
It is apparent, however, that deaths approximately occur
annually in the ratio of four males to one female.

The real significance of the increase of England and Males can be properly gauged from the following summary of deaths during each year from 1951 until the end of 1960:-

YearEngland and Wales Cancer of the Lung and Bronchus
Number of Deaths RegisteredIncrease over preceding year
195113,2471,006
195214,218971
195315,132914
195416,3311,119
195517,271940
195618,185914
195719,118933
195819,809691
195921,0631,254
196021,992929
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