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Woolwich 1917

[Report of the Medical Officer of Health for Woolwich]

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There was a diminution in the number of contacts and
of new oases examined, and an increase in the number of those
found definitely tuberculous.
The Medical Officer of Health acts as Administrative
Tuberculosis Officer, and is a member of the Tuberculosis Dispensary
The Borough Council's scheme for the Treatment of
Tuberculosis — particularly for the provision of a Tuberculosis
Dispensary — was set out in the Annual Report for 1914.
The work of the Tuberoulosis Care Committee was described
in the Annual Report for 1915.
69. There were 129 deaths from cancer (malignant tumour),
giving a death-rate of 0*88 compared with 1.01, 1.06, 0.90 and
0.95 in the four preceding years. 57 of the deaths were in
males and 72 in females; 80 or nearly two-thirds of the deaths
were in persons over 65. The highest mortality was in West
Plumstead. One-third of the deaths occurred in public institutions.
The death rate in England and Wales in 1916 was 1.17
There were three deaths from sarcoma and 126 from
carcinoma. The deaths from carcinoma have been classified
under the organs affected, since 1903, and the following table
shows the result for males and females respectively:-

Carcinoma Males.

Seat of Primary DiseaseAver. 1903-5Average 1906-10Average 1911-1519161917
Head and face1.71.21.231
Mouth, jaw and tongue4.04.87.274
Pharynx, oesophagus, larynx and neck5.08.610.4811
Pleura, lung, mediastinum0.30.40.4
Stomach and Pylorus5.310.49.21413
Intestines (excluding rectum)
Rectum and anus4.04.85.853
(Peritoneum and omentum0.7-- )36
Kidney and Bladder-1.61.833
(Genital organs,--
(Prostrate and external urinary2.70.82.8-2
Undefined and all other0.62.22.211