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Accuracy of local data on skin cancer

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6990.1327a (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1327

Skin cancer registry data may greatly underestimate cases

  1. Dafydd L Roberts
  1. Consultant dermatologist Singleton Hospital, Swansea SA2 8QA

    EDITOR,—Clive Richards and colleagues highlight the problem of underregistration of skin cancer: when they compared the South Western Cancer Registry's data with data obtained direct from pathology departments they found that the registry had missed 13% of cases of malignant melanoma.1 It is known that many cancer registries do not obtain data from all possible sources, including pathology laboratories and outpatient departments.2

    John N Newton and Julia Redburn show that registration of malignant melanoma in women fell dramatically from …

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