Is there an epidemic of cancer?

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6940.1372a (Published 21 May 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1372
  1. W J Crisp,
  2. N Hayes,
  3. S A Raimes,
  4. S M Griffin
  1. Department of Surgery, Newcastle General Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 6BE.

    EDITOR, - We welcome the attention brought by David Coggon and Hazel Inskip to the large increase in death rates from oesophageal cancer over the past 30 years.1 However, their conclusion on aetiological factors is flawed by relying on Office of Population Censuses and Surveys data, which fail to differentiate between the different histological types of oesophageal malignancy.2

    It is widely accepted that smoking, and perhaps to a lesser extent, alcohol consumption, are important aetiological …

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