Cancer mortality correlation studies. II. Regional associations of mortalities with the consumptions of foods and other commodities

Med Hypotheses. Mar-Apr 1976;2(2):39-49. doi: 10.1016/0306-9877(76)90060-8.


The age-corrected mortalities from cancer at 17 sites were correlated with the consumptions of 12 major food items and the apparent consumptions of alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, beer, coffee, tea and solid fuel, in different countries. Significant direct and inverse correlations with food consumption variables were observed: the results are in essential accord with those of other workers employing different methods of statistical analysis. A modification of the diet in western industrialized nations is proposed as a means of lowering the human cancer risk. For cancers of the mouth and neck, and for liver in males, significant associations with the wine alcohol consumption were observed. Statistical evidence for liver cirrhosis as liver-cancer, and for stomach ulcer as stomach-cancer-predisposing conditions was obtained.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholic Beverages*
  • Colonic Neoplasms / mortality
  • Epidemiologic Methods
  • Female
  • Food*
  • Humans
  • Liver Neoplasms / mortality
  • Lung Neoplasms / mortality
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / mortality*
  • Rectal Neoplasms / mortality
  • Smoking*
  • Stomach Neoplasms / mortality