Letters UK cancer survival statistics

Reflect NHS clinical realities

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5134 (Published 22 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5134
  1. S Michael Crawford, consultant medical oncologist1
  1. 1Airedale General Hospital, Keighley, West Yorkshire BD20 6TD
  1. michael.crawford{at}anhst.nhs.uk

    Beral and Peto argue that the British and Irish cancer registries’ consistent record of inferior survival compared with other European countries is caused by survival estimation biased by incomplete registration.1 However, poor survival from lung cancer in the UK compared with Italy has been confirmed using prospectively acquired data rather than registration records,2 and …

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