Letters UK cancer survival statistics

Survival is multifactorial

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5133 (Published 22 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5133
  1. David H Brewster, director, Scottish Cancer Registry1,
  2. Roger J Black, head, Cancer Information Programme1
  1. 1Information Services Division, NHS National Services Scotland, Edinburgh EH12 9EB
  1. David.Brewster{at}nhs.net

    Beral and Peto’s assessment of cancer registration in the United Kingdom does not reflect recent practice.1 In Scotland data are gathered from multiple sources, including pathology reports. Typically, most (>95%) breast cancers are recorded as microscopically verified, around 1% are “notified” solely by death record, and <0.5% end up as “death certificate only” registrations. By referring to source documents, staff make every effort to capture the earliest …

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