Picture worth 1000 words

Here’s a map of oral cavity and pharynx cancer in Europe, from the IARC’s 2008 report, http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wcr/2008/wcr_2008.pdf, page 171

Red is highest, green the lowest cancer rates. Description talks about smoking and drinking, but I really don’t think that’s sufficient to explain what you see. I’m convinced that it’s the French love affair with toxic chemicals! France is number 3 in Europe for incidence of all cancers in males, while only 13th, thankfully, for women. I would suggest this relates to professional exposures and/or the very toxic “bricolage” (DIY) techniques.

See this excellent site for all Europe data: http://eu-cancer.iarc.fr/2-cancer-fact-sheets.html,en

Europe oral cavity and pharynx cancer map

Europe oral cavity and pharynx cancer map_legend

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