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Incidence of and mortality from breast cancer since introduction of screening

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.639b (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:639

Scottish figures show higher incidence and similar mortality

  1. David Brewster,
  2. Dawn Everington,
  3. Elaine Harkness,
  4. Ann Gould,
  5. Jan Warner,
  6. John A Dewar,
  7. Jack Arrundale
  1. Director of cancer registration in Scotland Statistician Principal statistician Statistician National coordinator Information and Statistics Division, NHS in Scotland, Edinburgh EH5 3SQ
  2. Chairman, Scottish Breast Cancer Focus Group Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee DD1 9SY
  3. Statistician General Register Office (Scotland), Edinburgh EH12 7TF

    EDITOR,—Mike Quinn and Elizabeth Allen's analysis of trends in the incidence of and mortality from breast cancer in England and Wales1 prompts us to report equivalent data for Scotland. Overall, during 1979-92 the average annual age standardised incidence of breast cancer (standardised to the European standard population) was higher in Scotland (90.7/100000) than in England and Wales (85.9). Analysis of age specific incidence shows that most of the excess incidence arose consistently over time among older age groups in Scotland. Obviously, the number of cases in Scotland is substantially …

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