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Cancer. 1975 Sep;36(3):1077-9.

Proportional mortality among alcoholics.


To test the hypothesis that there is a positive association between chronic alcoholism and carcinoma of the pancreas, the mortality experience of 1382 chronic alcoholics was studied. Analysis was limited to a comparison of observed and expected proportional mortality of different causes of death in the 894 whites who were known to have died. For carcinoma of the pancreas, 3 deaths were observed and 5.2 were expected. The observed/expected ratios for other causes of death, including other sites of cancer, were in accordance with prior studies.

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