The Increase of Cancer.
The increase of cancer is one of the most painful facts m the history of moderndisease. The total deaths from this cause m England and Wales are double what they were five-and-twenty years ap;o, the ratio of deaths to one million persons living bavins risen, during the same interval, from 385 to 610. How is this to bo accounted for ? Dr Herbert Snow, surgeon to the Cancer Hospital, traces the malady to trouble, worry, or mental anxiety. Soil, climate, race, diet, eto., appear to have very little to do with it. Women are the chief sufferers from it, as men are from Bright's disease, which originates m a similar cause ; while it is to be specially noted that the organs m females which are most prone to diseases of this class are normally, m health, peculiarly influenced by emotional conditions, and by states of the central nervous system. " Malignant disease," he adds—and his words are deserving of serious attention—"is seen to be but one among many indications of the severe stress upon the nervous system which modern conditions of life involve, and of which the evil consequences are so immonsly enhanced by that vicious principle of education which mistakes quantity for quality. Until society emerges into some calmer sea —or until the conditions under which men and women now commence their voyage are materially improved—a progressive increase m the prevalence of cancer, duly proportionate to the growing severity of the struggle for existence, may be predicted as a matter of course."
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The Increase of Cancer., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2519, 16 September 1890
The Increase of Cancer. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2519, 16 September 1890
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