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Title: Adjusting for the proportion of cancer deaths in the general population when using relative survival: a sensitivity analysis.
Authors: Hinchliffe, SR
Dickman, PW
Lambert, PC
First Published: Apr-2012
Citation: CANCER EPIDEMIOL, 2012, 36 (2), pp. 148-152
Abstract: Relative survival is an extensively used method in population based cancer studies as it provides a measure of survival without the need for accurate cause of death information. It gives an estimate for the probability of dying from cancer in the absence of other causes by estimating the excess mortality in the study population when compared to an external group. The external group is usually the general population within a country or state and mortality estimates are taken from national life tables that are broken down by age, sex, calendar year and, where applicable, race/ethnicity. One potential bias when using relative survival that is most often overlooked occurs when there are a high proportion of deaths due to a specific cancer in the external group.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.canep.2011.09.007
eISSN: 1877-783X
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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