Catherine S Thomson

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A case control study of Scottish children aimed to identify risk factors for leukaemia and other cancers operating in the prenatal environment, during delivery and neonatally. Cases (0-14 years) were age-and sex- matched to two population-based controls and details abstracted from the mother's hospital obstetric notes. Analyses of 144 leukaemias (124 acute(More)
We have investigated factors influencing the survival of women with early breast cancer in Scotland. In a retrospective study, clinical, treatment and 'service' factors, e.g. surgical case load, deprivation and geographical area (health board of first treatment) were recorded from hospital records. A total of 2148 women with invasive breast cancer diagnosed(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer incidence varies by socioeconomic group and these variations have been linked with environmental and lifestyle factors, differences in access to health care and health seeking behaviour. Socioeconomic variations in cancer incidence by region and age are less clearly understood but they are crucial for targeting prevention measures and(More)
INTRODUCTION Long-term lung cancer survival in England has improved little in recent years and is worse than many countries. The Department of Health funded a campaign to raise public awareness of persistent cough as a lung cancer symptom and encourage people with the symptom to visit their GP. This was piloted regionally within England before a nationwide(More)
BACKGROUND This review of the EUROCARE-4 results attempts to separate out the early and late mortality effects contributing to the widely reported poorer 5-year survival rates for cancer patients in the United Kingdom compared with other European countries for 26 cancer sites. METHODS Patients diagnosed with cancer in 1996-1999 in 23 European countries(More)
BACKGROUND The 'lifetime risk' of cancer is generally estimated by combining current incidence rates with current all-cause mortality ('current probability' method) rather than by describing the experience of a birth cohort. As individuals may get more than one type of cancer, what is generally estimated is the average (mean) number of cancers over a(More)
Relationships between the rate of bone resorption (measured by urinary N-telopeptide (Ntx) excretion) and a range of skeletal complications have been evaluated in patients with metastatic bone disease. A total of 121 patients had monthly measurements of Ntx during treatment with bisphosphonates. All skeletal-related events, plus hospital admissions for bone(More)
Many factors involved in wound healing can stimulate tumour growth in the experimental setting. This study examined the relationship between wound complications and the development of systemic recurrence after treatment of primary breast cancer. One thousand and sixty-five patients diagnosed with operable primary invasive breast cancer between 1994 and 2001(More)
Use of radiotherapy (RT) after breast-conserving surgery (BCS) for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) varies according to country, precedent and prejudice. Results from a preliminary analysis of the data available within the UK Sloane Project can be appreciated in the context of the uncertainty concerning the selection of adjuvant RT following BCS for DCIS.(More)
OBJECTIVES To quantify the use of sunbeds in young people across England, identify geographical variation, and explore patterns of use, including supervision. DESIGN Two random location sampling surveys. SETTING National Prevalence Study in England; Six Cities Study in Liverpool, Stoke/Stafford, Sunderland, Bath/Gloucester, Oxford/Cambridge, and(More)