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Lewisham 1968

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Lewisham Borough]

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HEART DISEASE
The percentage of cardiovascular and atherosclerotic disease as a group has not
varied much during the past ten years as table 2 shows. This group of deaths,
taken as a single cause, rank above any other single cause of death among the population.

Table 2

HEART AND CIRCULATION MORTALITY

Year (a)Deaths fromTotal heart & circulation (all ages) (e)Age group 45-65Total - deaths in borough (h)Percentage
Coronary diseases (b)Other heart diseases (c)Other circulatory diseases (d)Total (f)Coronary diseases (g)(e) (h) (i)of(f) of (h) (j)(g)of (h) (k)
19595994851551,2392151423,448366.24.1
19604964231471,0662121433,280326.54.3
19616095161531,2782361623,380387.04.8
19626574171451,2192561813,376367.65.4
19637074001421,2492451743,404377.25.1
19646543011421,0972351663,317337.15.0
19657403041501,1942682063,436357.86.0
19667313031351,1692571883,406347.55.5
19677502461581,1542622013,340357.86.0
19688272341481,2092501903,433357.35.6
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LUNG CANCER
The Health Education team continued with all the methods at their disposal to
discourage cigarette smoking, but it is an uphill battle which will go on without
let-up until lung cancer ceases to be of any significance as a cause of death.

Table 3 LUNG CANCER

YearAll cancer deathsMALEFEMALE
Lung cancer deaths(c)as % of(b)All cancer deathsLung cancer deaths(f)as % of(e)
(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
195940116742314289
196041218946323227
196137315742276197
196240818646286248
196335116346296279
1964422201483043411
1965428204483133110
1966403169423083612
1967435196453284213
1968390171443014314
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