Medicine: Cancer Month

Observance of "cancer month," which began throughout the U.S. last week, produced a fat harvest of real cancer news. Most of it, for a change, was encouraging.

Curve Down. The latest figures showed a definite reversal of the rising curve of cancer deaths (though not of the number of cancer sufferers) among U.S. white men & women. Last year, reported the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., the cancer death rate among its women policyholders dropped to a new low—78.9 per 100,000 (v. 90 per 100,000 a decade ago). In the past five years, the male death rate had also fallen slightly (from...

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