Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Woolwich]
persons suffering and dying from cancer was continued. It
was sought to elicit habits of five to ten years' duration
before death, so as to ensure that they had not been caused
or modified by the illness which was the cause of death.
Cases affecting the alimentary tract were preferred for investigation,
as being more probably affected by the habits
tinder review. The enquiries were all made by myself of
the nearest relative or friend discoverable. Altogether 178
cases have been tabulated during the three years.
The following table shows the sex and age distribution of the cases investigated: —
|Under 50.||50-60.||60-70.||Over 70.||Total.|
The following gives the parts affected for males and females:—
Cases specially investigated and parts affected.
|Seat of Primary Disease.||Male.||Female.||Total.|
|Face, Mouth, Jaw and Tongue||26||7||33|
|Pharynx, (Esophagus, Larynx and Neck||29||4||33|
|Stomach and Pylorus||15||15||30|
|Intestines (excluding Rectum)||12||8||20|
|Rectum and Anus||14||14||28|
|Peritoneum and Omentum||—||1||1|
|Kidney and Bladder||1||1||2|
|Prostate and External Urinary Organs||2||—||2|