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Cancer diagnosis is often missed

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7165.1033a (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1033
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Lethal cancers were not diagnosed or were misdiagnosed before death in 44% of cases, according to a 10 year retrospective study of postmortem examinations at a US academic medical centre.

    This discrepancy calls into serious question all public health statistics based on death certificate information, as well as clinical decisions, according to Dr George Lundberg, a pathologist and editor of JAMA.Dr Elizabeth Burton and colleagues reviewed …

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