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An Eskimo woman named Leah Ikkusak becomes ill with inoperable stomach cancer.

January 1, 1938



“In 1936 I went to Nain from Hopedale and was again told, by the late Reverend Paul Hettasch, that cancer was unknown among the Eskimos. But during the following winter, 1937-38, an Eskimo woman, Leah Ikkusak, became ill, was later transferred to hospital, and returned home in 1940 with inoperable cancer of the womb. [She was the widow of the white man, Robert Ford: who had died of cancer.]