Cancer mapping: why not use absolute scales?

@article{Becker1994CancerMW,
  title={Cancer mapping: why not use absolute scales?},
  author={Nikolaus Becker},
  journal={European journal of cancer},
  year={1994},
  volume={30A 5},
  pages={699-706}
}
Cancer atlases frequently use relative scales which rank regional mortality rates relative to the countrywide mean (if relative risks are used) or median (if percentile colour schemes are used). This method has various disadvantages which limit comparability and interpretation. An alternative is absolute scaling which is well-known from geographic atlases: the natural rank order of altitudes is mapped into a colour scheme which is preserved over all maps of an atlas. Applied to cancer atlases… CONTINUE READING