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Cancer (Records Bureau)

Volume 655: debated on Monday 12 March 1962

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asked the Minister of Health if he will give an estimate of the cost of establishing a complete and effective cancer records bureau in each hospital region.

Is it reasonable for the Minister to wait until June before he has a look at this matter which, whether or not an estimate is available, can cost only a very little sum of money in comparison with the immense amount of good that it could do? Is the Minister aware that there are many research workers who look forward to getting complete and reliable statistics of this nature to help them in the fight against cancer?

I do not think it unreasonable to wait until June to receive the returns which we have asked all hospital authorities to provide.

Are the records which are kept sufficient to show the relationship between badly fitting dentures and wounds caused by badly fitting dentures and the increasing incidence of cancer of the mouth?

That is an entirely separate question. I would be grateful if the hon. and learned Member would put it down.