Cancer Risk and Life-Style: Cancer Among Mormons from 1967–1975

  • Joseph L. Lyon
  • John Wl. Gardner
  • Dee W. West
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 43)


Since 1950, the state of Utah has had the lowest cancer mortality of all the states (Mason and McKay 1974). The area now comprising Utah was settled, beginning in 1847 by a religious group that actively advocates certain behaviors which have been found to have a direct bearing on the risk of developing cancer. This religious group, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), commonly called Mormons, has proscribed the use of alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea in all forms, for health reasons, for at least 80 years. Additional church teachings emphasize strong families (Spicer and Gustavus 1974), high educational attainment (Hard 1974), and strict sexual mores proscribing premarital and extramarital sexual intercourse for both men and women (Gardner and Lyon 1977).


Religious Group Uterine Cervix Mycosis Fungoides Corpus Uterus Utah Population 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph L. Lyon
    • 1
  • John Wl. Gardner
    • 1
  • Dee W. West
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Preventive MedicineUniversity of Utah School of MedicineSalt Lake CityUSA

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