Cancer in Japan: a statistical statement
Munro, Neil Gordon
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The following brief and imperfect account is based chiefly upon the official statistics, of which it is an exposition and slight expansion. The material available for such a enquiry in this country is somewhat limited, but in view of the importance attached to the subject, particularly that aspect of it relating to the increase of this dread disease, the writer has collected available information and has tried to give it intelligible form.Returns of cancer have been embodied in the vital statistics of Japan, since 1899 without, however, differentiating the type of neoplasm or seat of the disease. A periodical publication, entitled "Gan" (Cancer) edited by Dr. Yamagiwa, gives some interesting information regarding the S frequency of localisat }on in hospital cases, but such figurei are not necessarily miniatures of the wider ravages of cancer. They are, however, the only ones available with regard to localisation, and have the advan- tage of having been compiled by competent authorities. The writer has also investigated the incidence of cancer in the European community at Yokohama, particularly with regard to the question of house infection.