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OBJECTIVE The incidence of thyroid cancer is increasing in several countries. The aim was to investigate trends in the incidence and mortality of thyroid cancer in Scotland, where thyroid cancer is relatively uncommon, between 1960 and 2002. DESIGN Descriptive epidemiological study. METHODS Thyroid cancer registrations between 1960 and 2000 were(More)
A series of UK and European audits have revealed that a high proportion of patients remain dissatisfied with the information they received following a diagnosis of cancer. Additional educational aids are often required to facilitate the consent process, and our previous work showed a high level of acceptability for video-directed information for this(More)
AIMS To study the risk of childhood cancer in relation to parental occupation and related exposures. METHODS Self reported occupational data from mothers and fathers of 3838 children with cancer and 7629 control children were analysed. Odds ratios were calculated for 31 "occupational groups" by parent, diagnostic group (leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic(More)
BACKGROUND Cancer incidence, mortality and survival statistics for the UK are routinely available; however, data on prevalence, which is generally regarded as an important measure for health planning and resource allocation, are relatively scarce. MATERIALS AND METHODS Eight cancer registries in the UK, covering more than half the population, provided(More)
We conducted a national, retrospective population-based cohort study of 705 patients hospitalized with a first diagnosis of dermatomyositis (DM) or polymyositis (PM) during 1982-1996 based on linkage of hospital discharge, cancer registration, and death records in Scotland. Risks of cancer were assessed by calculating standardized incidence ratios (SIR). A(More)
One area of concern within the largely successful UK National Health Service breast screening programme is the relatively high proportion of women showing mammographic abnormalities who undergo further diagnostic tests that prove negative. Previous studies suggest that, in addition to increasing anxiety, such false-positive mammography is associated with(More)
We analysed the risk of cutaneous malignant melanoma (CM) occurring in patients following a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) or chronic lymphatic leukaemia (CLL), and of NHL or CLL subsequently developing in CM survivors. Cohorts of patients with CM, NHL or CLL (index cancer) diagnosed between 1975 and 1997 were identified from the Scottish(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the reliability of cancer registration data in Scotland following a major re-organisation of the Scottish Cancer Registry. From a random sample of 3500 primary cancers (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers and death certificate only (DCO) registrations) diagnosed between April and September 1997, 3175 (90.7%) had medical(More)
OBJECTIVE To estimate the number of deaths among cancer patients diagnosed in Great Britain that would be avoidable within 5 years of diagnosis if the mean (or highest) survival in Europe for patients diagnosed during 1985-1989, 1990-1994 and 1995-1999 were achieved. DESIGN Five-year relative survival for cancers in Great Britain compared with that from(More)
BACKGROUND Radiotherapy for pituitary adenomas is an effective treatment but remains controversial due to toxicity concerns. MATERIALS AND METHODS A retrospective audit of patients referred for radiotherapy during 1974-2003 was conducted, the case records were examined and data linkage to cancer registry and hospital discharge records was performed to(More)