Japan’s National Cancer Center mapped out cancer by prefecture. The left map is men. On the right: women. The darker the color, the more cancer.
Cancer seems far more common in prefectures on the Sea of Japan. The lowest cancer rates are on the other side, in Chiba, Kanagawa and Kagoshima.
Officials can only guess at why. But they suspect regional differences in smoking and eating habits, especially salt.
It’s a little troubling that officials didn’t even mention potential environmental issues. They seem eager to blame cancer on people’s personal choices.
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