Excerpt from The Interest of the Community in Cancer: Read Before the New York Academy of Medicine, in Association With the American Society for the Control of Cancer, May 18, 1916
But whether or not cancer is on the increase is really secondary to the much more important fact that the rate at present is extremely high. The condition today is a'real menace. In order that we may determine the extent of the problem that is before us, it is necessary to refer to a few basic figures. The accompanying tables are constructed from the experience of the Industrial Department of the Metropolitan Life Insur ance Company. They are valuable because of their intrinsic accuracy, a quality which most cancer rates, unfortunately, do not possess. The figures have also the merit of being based on a large exposure. In the Metropolitan experience there are represented over persons, both white arid colored - men, women and children of all ages above 1. The number of persons exposed and the corresponding number of deaths are known with a high degree of accuracy. The rates have furthermore the particular value of applying to the working classes of the United States and Canada.
The first column in Table 1 shows the death rates from cancer for all persons, without distinction of sex or color. The rate at all ages is per hundred thou sand exposed. This rate is based on a total of cancer deaths which occurred in the four years 1911 to 1914. In the remaining columns, rates for' white and for colored persons of each sex are given.
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