Several factors must have a role in improved figures

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.640 (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:640
  1. Andrew Carnon,
  2. David Hole,
  3. Charles Gillis,
  4. David Brewster
  1. MRC research fellow Principal epidemiologist Director West of Scotland Cancer Surveillance Unit, Ruchill Hospital, Glasgow G20 9NB
  2. Director of cancer registration Information Services Division, NHS in Scotland, Edinburgh EH5 3SQ

    EDITOR,—Mike Quinn and Elizabeth Allen's suggestion that better treatment in breast cancer has led to a fall in mortality from 1990 onwards is interesting.1 As the authors imply, the widespread use of tamoxifen can be only part of the explanation.

    A more direct way of looking at the outcome of changes in treatment …

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