Interpreting Cancer Trends

  title={Interpreting Cancer Trends},
  author={Elizabeth M Ward and Michael J. Thun and Lindsay Marie Hannan and Ahmedin Jemal},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • E. Ward, M. Thun, A. Jemal
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Abstract:  The interpretation of cancer incidence trends is complicated by short‐term random variation, artifactual fluctuations introduced by screening, changes in diagnosis or disease classification, completeness of reporting, and by the multiplicity of factors that may affect risk for specific cancer sites. We analyzed trends in 56 different cancer sites and subsites in the U.S. SEER registries in the period 1975–2002 using joinpoint analysis. The increase in cancer incidence for all sites… 
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