London's Pulse: Medical Officer of Health reports 1848-1972

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Islington 1912

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Islington, Metropolitan Borough of]

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Of the several diseases which caused deaths from Cancer there are some
which stand out prominently. These are cancer of the stomach, of the
rectum, of the breast, of the uterus, of the liver, of the intestines, and of the
Cancer of the Stomach was responsible for 49 deaths, of which 25 occurred
among males and 24 among females. Thirty-nine of these deaths were among
persons who had passed their 55th year.
Cancer of the Rectum was responsible for the deaths of 36 persons, 21
males and 15 females, and in this group all except two occurred in persons
over 45 years of age.
Cancer of the Breast, which caused 42 deaths, is of course a disease which
is entirely confined to females. All these deaths occurred after the 35th
years of life, 8 of the deceased being aged 35-45, 10 between 45-55, 11 between
55-65, 8 between 65-75, and five over 75 years.
Cancer of the Uterus was responsible for 39 deaths, all of which occurred
among women who were over 35 years of age, the numbers at the seven age
periods being as follows:- 35-45, 5; 45-55, 9; 55-65, 16; 65-75, 6; and above
75, 3.
Cancer of the Liver caused 29 deaths, of which 7 were those of males
and 22 of females, which is a remarkable difference in the mortality.
Cancer of the Intestines caused 18 deaths, 13 males and 5 females.
Cancer of the Tongue caused 17 deaths, all of which were men.