Medicine: The Lung Cancer Epidemic

Among men in every one of 15 countries that keep the best medical records, the death rate from cancer of the lung increased relentlessly in the four years ending with 1952 (the last for which full figures are available), reported the World Health Organization.

The 15 countries, with 1952 death rates per 100,000 from lung cancer for men, and the percentage increase since 1949:

¶ England and Wales, 61.4, up 31%

¶ Denmark, 24.8, up 49%

¶ Scotland, 56.3, up 36%

¶ Finland, 38.7, up 30%

¶ France, 28.2, up 30%

¶ Ireland, 22.2, up 47%

¶ Italy, 16.4, up 45%

¶...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!