Cancer: Latest Statistics

There was a little cheer but some chilling news in the latest statistics released by the American Cancer Society.

The overall number of cancer deaths is increasing slightly: 285,000 last year, 290,000 estimated in 1964, and 295,000 expected in 1965. Different kinds of cancer are increasing at different rates; lung cancer, once relatively rare, is rising fastest, and now for the first time displaces tumors of the colon and rectum as the most frequent cause of cancer death.

In 1965, predict the A.C.S. statisticians, 47,000 Americans (40,400 men and 6,600 women) will die of lung cancer, with 52,000 new cases expected...

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