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Letters UK cancer survival statistics

Rebuttal to editorial saying cancer survival statistics are misleading

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 05 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4214

Scientific Censorship?

I do not profess to understand the intricacies of the statistical
methodology discussed in this article. But the call by the authors for the
withdrawal of Beral & Peto's 2010 editorial sounds like scientific

I hope the group of highly eminent authors are not advocating
scientific censorship.

I hope they do support the British Medical Association (BMA) members
who voted for libel reform.

Irrespective of the merits of one argument, it should be up to the
readers and peers to make their own judgements.

Disapproval of a scientific hypothesis does not mean that the said
hypothesis should be extinguished from scientific literature.

Competing interests: 1. Scepticism about comparison of national survival statistics born out of experience with prostate cancer statistics which is highly susceptible to various biases.

03 August 2011
S Sundar
Consultant Oncologist
Nottingham University Hospital NHS trust