Accuracy of local data on skin cancer

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6998.189a (Published 15 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:189
  1. John Newton, Consultant epidemiologist Cancer intelligence unit manager Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology,
  2. Julia Redburn
  1. Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF

    EDITOR,--The paper by Clive Richards and colleagues on underregistration of melanoma in the South Western Cancer Registry1 was published alongside our paper reporting trends in registrations of melanoma in the Oxford registry.2 This naturally raised doubts in the mind of some readers about the validity of our findings. In particular, Dafydd L Roberts questions whether an artefact due to underreporting could have exaggerated the apparent decline in melanoma in women from 1988 to 1992.3

    Apart from the fact that sex specific …

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