Medicine: Stomach Cancer: Down

One big killer among the various kinds of cancer is losing its punch. Overall, between 1930 and 1959, the death rate per 100,000 from stomach cancer has dropped from 25.4 to 9.8, which multiplies out as 20,000 deaths in 1959. This drop, writes Buffalo's Dr. George E. Moore in Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics, "is adequate proof that gastric cancer is not inevitable." But the factors in the victim's way of life that might cause the disease remain to be identified.

Stomach cancer, which is often undetected until it is far advanced and likely to prove fatal, shows puzzling variations in frequency....

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