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US cancer mortality may be underestimated

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7357.182/a (Published 27 July 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:182
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

    Cancer mortality in the United States may be underestimated, because deaths within a month of surgery for solid tumours are recorded as deaths related to treatment, according to researchers.

    Dr H Gilbert Welch and Dr William Black of Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire argue that cancer mortality should include not only deaths from cancer but also deaths caused by treatment for cancer. In the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2002;94:1066-70) they report that 41% of deaths within a month of treatment for cancer were attributed …

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