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Title: Should relative survival be used with lung cancer data?
Authors: Hinchliffe, SR
Rutherford, MJ
Crowther, MJ
Nelson, CP
Lambert, PC
First Published: 22-May-2012
Citation: BR J CANCER, 2012, 106 (11), pp. 1854-1859
Abstract: Under certain assumptions, relative survival is a measure of net survival based on estimating the excess mortality in a study population when compared with the general population. Background mortality estimates are usually taken from national life tables that are broken down by age, sex and calendar year. A fundamental assumption of relative survival methods is that if a patient did not have the disease of interest then their probability of survival would be comparable to that of the general population. It is argued, as most lung cancer patients are smokers and therefore carry a higher risk of smoking-related mortalities, that they are not comparable to a population where the majority are likely to be non-smokers.
DOI Link: 10.1038/bjc.2012.182
eISSN: 1532-1827
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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